What is the Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study?
The Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study (VBTES) is an on-going study to review the possible extension of transit services throughout Virginia Beach with better connections to regional transit. The study includes:
Local Bus Service:
Expanding local bus service throughout the City with improved regional connectivity
Bus Rapid Transit:
Implementing bus rapid transit (BRT) service with expanded local bus service, which would include BRT service primarily along the former NSRR ROW between The Tide Newtown Road station and the Oceanfront with possible alignment alternatives through the Hilltop area
Light Rail Service:
Extending light rail service in addition to expanded local bus service, which would include light rail service from The Tide Newtown Road station to the Oceanfront along the former NSRR ROW with possible alignment alternatives through Hilltop
No New Bus Service Improvements:
Leaving the existing transit service in Virginia Beach as currently planned.
The VBTES must advance sequentially through a series of phases before any final recommendation can be made to Virginia Beach City Council to select any of the above options. The study is currently in the Alternatives Analysis / Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (AA/SDEIS) Phase, an early planning phase for the proposed project. The VBTES AA/SDEIS was placed on hold in the fall of 2011 to gather a year’s worth of ridership data from The Tide. Real-time data will result in a better understanding of potential ridership in Virginia Beach. It was also during this period that the Hilltop alternative was added for study.
Source: Hampton Roads Transit