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Tide Light Rail

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Type: Light rail System Hampton Roads Transit
Status: Under construction
Locale: Norfolk, Virginia
Termini: Eastern Virginia Medical Center (west)
Newtown Road (east)
Stations: 11
Operation: Opened May 1, 2011 (projected)
Owner: Hampton Roads Transit
Operator(s): Hampton Roads Transit
Rolling stock: Siemens S70
Line length: 7.4 mi (11.9 km)
Track gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1/2 in)
Electrification: 750 V DC, overhead catenary

Fort Norfolk / Medical Center

York Street / Freemason


MacArthur Square

Civic Plaza

Interstate 264

Harbor Park

Interstate 264


Ballentine / Broad Creek

Interstate 264

Ingleside Road

Broad Creek

Military Highway

Interstate 64

Newtown Road

The Tide is the light rail system under construction in Norfolk, Virginia, United States that is set to begin service between December 2010 and May 2011. It will become the first light rail service not only in the Hampton Roads metro area, but in the state of Virginia. It is projected to have a daily ridership of between 7,130 to 11,400 passengers upon completion

The Tide will be operated by Hampton Roads Transit (HRT). The initial line will run 7.4 mi (11.9 km) through Downtown Norfolk serving as a connection between the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Newtown Road. The $288 million system is estimated to cost $6.2 million a year to operate. The fare would be the same as that for buses, currently $1.50 as of October 2007.

Mission Statement

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Tide Light Rail




Transit Facilities and Services
• $232 million project
• Extends 7.4 miles from the Eastern Virginia Medical Center through downtown Norfolk, and continues along the Norfolk Southern Right of Way, adjacent to the I-264 corridor to Newtown Road
• 11 stations
• Project sponsor is Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), the region's sole transit provider

Project Status
• Construction is under way
• Operational by 2010



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