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Old November 6th, 2015, 01:31 AM   #101
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Second Quarter 2015 Ridership numbers for Hampton Roads



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Hampton / Hampton Roads Transit - 45,500 (2015) : 8.40% +

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Norfolk / LRT - 4,500 (2015) : 0.00% =

Ferries
Hampton / Hampton Roads Transit - 700 (2015) : 3.30% +
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Old January 5th, 2016, 06:34 AM   #102
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Third Quarter 2015 Ridership numbers for Hampton Roads



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Hampton / Hampton Roads Transit - 39,800 (2015) : -11.76%

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Norfolk / LRT - 4,400 (2015) : -12.18%

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Hampton / Hampton Roads Transit - 1,000 (2015) : 19.82%+
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Old January 8th, 2016, 05:37 PM   #103
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Downtown Norfolk transit center opens today, with revenue service beginning 2016.01.17.



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Old January 9th, 2016, 12:49 AM   #104
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Third Quarter 2015 Ridership numbers for Hampton Roads



Bus Ridership
Hampton / Hampton Roads Transit - 39,800 (2015) : -11.76%

Light Rail
Norfolk / LRT - 4,400 (2015) : -12.18%

Ferries
Hampton / Hampton Roads Transit - 1,000 (2015) : 19.82%+
How is Light Rail doing so poorly?
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Old January 9th, 2016, 12:01 PM   #105
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How is Light Rail doing so poorly?
Not much TOD along the route , it hasn't been extended...
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Not much TOD along the route , it hasn't been extended...
That would explain no growth, but why the drop? is that probably from a loss of hype from residents?
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Old January 10th, 2016, 07:37 PM   #107
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There's much uncertainty over whether the line will extend into Virginia Beach, which could be one reason. Right now, as in many areas where transit expansion is at stake, it's transit supporters and activists going against those who want nothing to do with passenger rail (including the Tea Party folks), however, throw another wrench into the situation and that is also those who are still pushing to this day Maglev, even though it's yet to be tested here in the states. I'd say to the latter, allow Orlando's line to be built and see how it goes. To the rail haters, I have nothing more to say about them.
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4th Quarter 2015 Ridership numbers for Hampton Roads



Bus Ridership
Hampton / Hampton Roads Transit - 43,600 (2015) : -9.77%

Light Rail
Norfolk / LRT - 3,700 (2015) : -29.29%

Ferries
Hampton / Hampton Roads Transit - 500 (2015) : -17.15%
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2016.11.08 will see a referendum in Virginia Beach:

“Should City Council of Virginia Beach spend local funds to extend Light Rail from Norfolk to Town Center in Virginia Beach?”

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Old July 13th, 2016, 08:45 AM   #110
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1st Quarter 2016 Ridership numbers for Hampton Roads


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Hampton / Hampton Roads Transit - 41,100 (2016) : -1.45%

Light Rail
Norfolk / LRT - N/A (2016) : -

Ferries
Hampton / Hampton Roads Transit - 400 (2016) : -1.22%
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Old July 13th, 2016, 03:11 PM   #111
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The Tide is no longer the biggest losing light rail system in the country. It's No. 2.

The Tide no longer bears the title “biggest loser.”

The light-rail line in Santa Clara, Calif., now takes the top spot for most-subsidized system per ride in the country, losing $5.94 per ride.

The Tide lost $5.68 per ride in 2014, the latest year that standardized stats are available. It’s the first time The Tide was not at the top since it opened in 2011.

It got there through higher revenue, in part because of a 25-cent fare increase in 2014, and lower operating costs than 2013.

The data come from the National Transit Database, a federal agency that tracks public transportation.

Last June, The Pilot wrote about the statistic, which was unearthed by The Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution. It was part of a report called “Racing Ahead or Falling Behind? Six Economic Facts About Transportation Infrastructure in the United States.”

The Brookings Institution pulled out the light-rail data for a blog post last June. Light-rail opponents often quote the large subsidy as one of The Tide’s biggest failings.

The “average loss per passenger ride” is calculated by subtracting operating expenses from fare revenue and dividing by the number of passenger trips.

The Tide’s “subsidy,” the amount not covered by fares, has dropped every year since it opened. It peaked its first year with a cost of $8.81 per passenger ride and dropped 24 percent in 2013 and another 14 percent in 2014.

The Tide is among the smallest systems in the country and had the lowest number of riders of any light- or heavy-rail system (1,668,978), but also the lowest operating cost ($10,973,209).

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Old July 20th, 2016, 02:02 PM   #112
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2016.11.08 will see a referendum in Virginia Beach:

“Should City Council of Virginia Beach spend local funds to extend Light Rail from Norfolk to Town Center in Virginia Beach?”

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/tr...90d75d04c.html
True shame, but hopefully voters will be properly educated on the matter and will vote YES.

Many of the same people pushing to kill this extension are likely going to be the same people who push for variable toll lanes on the interstates. Sadly.
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The Tide celebrates five years of light rail in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The City of Norfolk and Hampton Roads Transit are celebrating a big milestone: the five-year anniversary of the Tide light rail[...]
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Five years of the Tide light rail in Norfolk: What was said then, and the reality now

The Tide turns 5 this Friday.

Five years, 7.4 miles long, 7.6 million rides and more than 550 articles in The Pilot about the starter line[...]
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True shame, but hopefully voters will be properly educated on the matter and will vote YES.

Many of the same people pushing to kill this extension are likely going to be the same people who push for variable toll lanes on the interstates. Sadly.
If people in the Hampton Roads are anything like people in Charlotte, they won't support toll lanes.

They will however not support transit improvement either because either, taxes, "undesirable people" or both. They will continue to moan and complain until every highway is 12 lanes and wonder why traffic isn't better.

Sorry, I know many, if not most people aren't this ignorant but good lord I've heard enough of their banter to drive someone absolutely nuts.
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They're having a big celebration today.



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Panel lays out case for light-rail expansion to Town Center

Hundreds of local business people gathered inside The Founders Inn and Spa to listen to a panel discussion – and ask questions – about a possible three-mile expansion of light rail from Newtown Road to Virginia Beach’s Town Center[...]
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Major light rail vote coming soon in Virginia Beach. Here's what you need to know.

Over the past six years, $40 million has been spent laying the groundwork to bring light rail to the city[...]
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Riding the Tide: Light rail commuters say “yes” to Virginia Beach

The Newtown Road Station is where the Tide light rail begins and ends for Virginia Beach passengers[...]
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The vote didn’t get much attention outside of Hampton Roads, but one of the big losers in state-local elections yesterday was Virginia Beach light rail. Voters decisively renounced a proposed extension of The Tide rail from Norfolk to Virginia Beach’s Town Center in an advisory referendum: 57% opposed the project, as opposed to 43% in favor.

While that vote did not bind Virginia Beach City Council, Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne announced yesterday that he was pulling the plug on $155 million to help pay for the $243 million project, reports the Virginian-Pilot.

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