HRT extends light rail and ferry services on New Year’s Eve

The Tide stretches 7.4 miles between Eastern Virginia Medical Center in Norfolk to the Virginia Beach border at Newtown Road.
The Tide stretches 7.4 miles between Eastern Virginia Medical Center in Norfolk to the Virginia Beach border at Newtown Road. (Southside Daily)

NORFOLK — Residents looking for safe rides to and from New Year’s Eve festivities will have public transportation options running late into the evening.

Hampton Roads Transit, in partnership with the city of Norfolk, will extend services for the Tide Light Rail and Elizabeth River Ferry on New Year’s Eve, with 30-minute service beginning at 9 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. This will provide many party-goers celebrating with safe alternatives to driving home drunk. Normally, light rail service ends at 9 p.m. on Sunday and ferry service at 9:30 p.m.

People may purchase tickets for the Tide with cash or card at the ticket vending machines located on all light rail station platforms, while exact change is required when buying tickets for the Elizabeth River Ferry, which must be purchased on board the ferry.

There will be no changes to the local bus schedule in Norfolk, which will run on a regular Sunday schedule.

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