HRT increases transit service for Harborfest 2014

HRT increases transit service for Harborfest 2014

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HRT increases transit service for Harborfest 2014

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

NORFOLK -- Hampton Roads Transit will provide additional rail, bus and ferry services for the 38th annual Harborfest June 6 to 8.

In addition to more transit services, cash-only ticket sales at five locations, extra security, and staff volunteers will be on hand to help at select light rail platforms when customer volumes are heavy, particularly before and immediately after the annual fireworks display.

“This is a major event for the City of Norfolk and Hampton Roads Transit, and we will be ready to serve the public,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of HRT.  “We take pride in providing a reliable, stress free trip to everyone for this annual showcase.”

Among the key service enhancements:

  • Friday, June 6 - regularly scheduled light rail service will operate until 10 p.m. when it will increases to 15-minute frequency until midnight;
  • Saturday, June 7 - regularly scheduled rail service will operate until 4:30 p.m. when it increases from 15-minute to 10-minute service. Additional trains will be added as service demands;
  • Dedicated shuttle buses will carry customers from the Newtown Road light rail station to MacArthur Square and then back to Newtown Road after the day’s events draw to a close, as demand requires;
  • All three ferry boats will operate on the Elizabeth River, running until midnight Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, one boat will operate until midnight, the other two until 7 p.m.;
  • Transit tickets will be sold at the North Landing and High Street ferry docks on Friday and Saturday starting at noon. Tickets will be sold at the Newtown Road, Military Highway and EVMC/ Fort Norfolk light rail stations on Saturday starting at 3:00 p.m. All light rail and ferry tickets will be $3.00/cash only. The $3 ticket will be honored on the light rail and ferry only, not on the bus, and;
  • The following park and ride lots will have a security guard from June 6-8 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. - Newtown Road, Military Highway, Ballentine Blvd. and Harbor Park.


 

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