[as of 2014 ]


Founded: 1682
Population: 1 047 869 (2013)
Location: Norfolk

The city is known for a Navy base and a shipbuilding industry. The ocenside resort of Virginia Beach is located nearby, to the east.

Network Stats

Operator: Hampton Roads Transit

System opened: 19.08.2011
Track length: 11,75 km. (two-way)
Daily ridership: 5 186

Network map: 2014

Timetable: 2014

A modern light rail network, opened in 2011, about 1,5 years behind schedule and with significant budget overruns. The line is subject to criticism due to associated construction and operational costs. Even though considered lightly traveled, the line carries almost 10% of city’s transit riders. Trams operate through the downtown area on a mixed right-of-way, using dedicated traffic lanes segregated from other traffic by pavement markings. The entire suburban segment of the line is on a dedicated right-of-way, mostly built in place of the former Norfolk Southern Railway right-of-way, parallel to Interstate I-264. All crossings are protected by gates. The segment between the Harbor Park and NSU Stations is on a viaduct, the NSU Station is elevated. A number of prospective Light Rail corridors are planned, most notably the extension of the starter line via the former railway right-of-way to the oceanside resort town of Virginia Beach.

Rolling Stock

Siemens S70 : 9 vehicles (2010)

Tramway photos on map

Tramway photo galleries:

Tide Light Rail


Last updated: 30-May-2014
© 2002 Author: Yury Maller - Usage of material found herein for public display is possible with authors' permission only.

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