Norfolk light-rail line exceeds ridership forecast

Norfolk light-rail line exceeds ridership forecast

Norfolk light-rail line exceeds ridership forecast

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Associated Press

Posted on February 18, 2012 at 3:07 PM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk's light-rail line has exceeded expectations for ridership in its first six months of operation.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/zBV2zv ) that the light-rail line averages about 4,600 riders on weekdays. Hampton Roads Transit had forecast that there would be about 2,900 weekday riders.

Since it opened on Aug. 19, nearly 750,000 trips have been taken on the transit system known as The Tide. The light-rail line is more than 7 miles long and goes from downtown Norfolk to the Virginia Beach border.

Hampton Roads Transit President and CEO Philip Shucet forecasts that The Tide will hit its 20-year projection of 7,200 daily rides within three years.

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