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Old 09-05-2012, 06:19 PM
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I will be moving back to the Hampton Roads area within the next few weeks. Once I'm there I will be using public transportation to get around to look for employment. What I would like to know is how is the public transportation system in Hampton Roads? I'm assuming I will mainly be looking for employment in Norfolk.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:36 PM
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There's the tide in norfolk which is light rail, but in general the public transit in the HR area is subpar.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:51 AM
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Norfolk has the best bus routes of all the HR cities. Most Norfolk routes run 7 days a week and until 11 pm or midnight. And the Tide is a nice starter line, with quite a few buses stopping at Tide stations.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:24 AM
Location: Newport News, VA
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Here's the website for Hampton Roads Transit:

Hampton Roads Transit

You can find information about the Tide on this website.

I don't use this system, but my observation in Newport News is that people at the bus stops must wait a long time. I see them standing there and not a bus anywhere in sight on my route past them where I would met the oncoming bus.

I pulled up the schedule for rt. 107. There's basically an hour and a half wait time between buses at any stop. So if you miss your bus, you'll have a long wait on that route. That confirms my suspicion about long wait times in between runs on that route.

Good luck.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:27 PM
Location: Virginia
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It's definitely the best/most usable in Norfolk, in my experience. Still not as good as it could be, but the Tide is a big step and should help things continue to grow.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:53 PM
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Oh goodness. Try and get ANY car you can. Public transportation around here cannot be relied on.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:27 PM
Location: Virginia Beach
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Public transportation here? ROFLcopter!!
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:17 AM
Location: From TX to VA
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I wish I could make a glowing positive post about bus service but I can't. I don't know what it's like in Norfolk, but I sure wouldn't depend on it to get around Virginia Beach. It might as well be non-existent throughout most of the city. I would love to be able to ride the bus around town, but sadly, the poor service makes me have to rely on using my car.

Transit service aside though - good luck on your move.
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:45 PM
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As much as I hate to admit it, the bus service here is a joke. The light rail is nice, but right now it only goes 7 miles throughout Norfolk. Since I live close to downtown, it has come in handy on a few occasions.

But yeah, as spread out as this area is, we could definitely use a more consistent system. In the meantime, you'll definitely need your own vehicle.
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