NORFOLK, Va — Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) in partnership with Naval Station Norfolk held a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the official launch of the Base Express, Dec. 2.
The Base Express is a free daily transit service that connects personnel to popular destinations on and off the installation. The service is open to all personnel living and working on NAVSTA Norfolk.
“The Base Express is a critical service that fills a significant gap for those living and working on Naval Station Norfolk. Previously all elements of our workforce were forced to walk miles due to gaps in services.” said Capt. David Dees, NAVSTA Norfolk Commanding Officer. “Not only does the service connect to various parts of the installation and Navy Exchange Complex, it allows them to connect to the entire HRT system and this great community.”
The Base Express has two separate routes, the Gold Route and Blue Route. The Gold route runs on base, connecting to the Navy Exchange off base. It runs every 30 minutes and offers service seven days a week. This service will provide last-mile accessibility for employees who wish to arrive at the base on foot, bicycle, scooter, or transit or by parking in the Exchange area outside the gate. The Blue route runs on base, every 15 minutes, Monday through Friday. Both routes have multiple stops throughout the base including housing, key administrative buildings and the pier. Both routes operate Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gold Route also operates on the weekends, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“The Base Express has the potential to improve regional accessibility, ease congestion around the base and improve air quality,” said Councilman Aaron Rouse, Chair, Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads. “But above all, it’s going to improve the lives of thousands of sailors living here at Naval Station Norfolk. And here’s the best part: the service is completely FREE to use.”
This free service is being funded by a grant for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
“On behalf of the entire installation, I would like to thank our partners who made this happen: The Department of Rail and Public Transportation, James River Transportation, and the Hampton Roads Transit staff,” said Dees. From idea inception to this very day, you all have been exceptional to work with. I realize that a project of this scale does not just happen. It is more than just a vision but a commitment of time, money, and dedication to work through all the details that make vision’s reality.”