NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — It’s a glimpse into the future of public transit.
Six battery-powered buses will soon become a part of the Hampton Roads Transit system.
“That means no soot, no smoke, no harmful emissions,” said HRT President William Harrell.
HRT officials say the new buses will be deployed along Virginia Beach Boulevard between Downtown Norfolk and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. HRT has agreed to remove the same number of diesel buses from its fleet.
The buses are quieter and have zero tailpipe emissions.
Along with the bus ribbon cutting, Gov. Ralph Northam signed two bills for dedicated HRT funding — the first time that’s been done in HRT history.
“A lot of work went into this legislation so they could create this program so they have a sustained source of revenue to keep this transit running,” said Northam.
Harrell says this means new connections, faster commutes, and better