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Hampton Roads Transit reaches 1 million light-rail rides


Earlier this week, Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) marked 1 million rides on The Tide light-rail service.

Virginia’s first light-rail line, The Tide began operating in August 2011. Initial projections estimated ridership at about 2,900 average daily boardings, but today, The Tide averages about 4,900 daily boardings. The higher average helped the agency reach the 1 million mark about 150 days earlier than expected, HRT officials said in a prepared statement.

“This threshold in less than a year of operation shows the strong support that light rail has in the region,” HRT President and Chief Executive Officer William Harrell said.

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