Government shutdown causes HRT to suspend two studies temporarily

Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-08 17:20:25-04

Norfolk, Va. – Due to the continuing government shutdown, Hampton Roads Transit says they will have to temporarily suspend the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study and the Origin and Destination survey.

They say these studies depend on financial support from the federal government.

The Naval Station Norfolk study, which explores expanding light rail to Naval Station Norfolk, started in June and will cost $1.4 million. HRT has already held a series of workshops about the issue.

The Origin and Destination study will help HRT to better plan transit routes by evaluating system-wide ridership, customer demographics, and trip purpose. This study will cost $286,718.

Officials say the Virginia Beach Transit Extension is not expected to be affected by the shutdown.