New bus stop lights added to cut crime in Newport News

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 27 at 6:30 PM

NEWPORT NEWS -- Residents are feeling safer about riding the bus now that solar powered lights are being installed at bus stops throughout the city.

"You can definitely see what's going on around here now. You can see what's in front of you, what's behind you, and the shadows around you," Curtis Martin, a 15-year HRT bus rider said.

A spokesperson for the city says they applied for the grant to try and increase bus rider safety and to make sure those who ride the bus feel safe doing so.

"Now that they got some lights out here, I can see what's going on," John Cooper, an HRT bus rider said.

So far, five lights have been put up at 3 different bus stops throughout the city that have little to no light surrounding them.

Those locations include the corner of 48th Street & Marshall Avenue, Woodside Lane and Denbeigh Boulevard, and 16th Street and Ivy Avenue.

Tom Holden, a spokesperson for Hampton Roads Transit, says shelters are also in the works for a few of these locations.

"That city has been particularly lucky in having the money available to improve customer amenities as we call it," Holden said.

Holden said HRT is responsible for putting the lights up. He's not sure how long it will take or how many total solar lights will be installed just yet.

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