Regional Transit Agencies Host State of Transit Summit
In November, Hampton Roads Transit, Williamsburg Area Transit Authority, and Suffolk Transit hosted the State of Transit: Transit Means Business summit at Hub757 in Suffolk, VA. Approximately 250 people attended this inaugural event. Distinguished guests included Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Mayor Shannon Glover, Portsmouth, and Mayor Douglas Pons, Williamsburg, along with many other elected and appointed officials.
“The state of transit is robust,” said William Harrell, President and CEO at HRT. “We are expanding our reach, providing access to more jobs and opportunities to the people of Hampton Roads.”
In addition to the keynote address, participants heard two panel discussions on the state of public transportation and its role in keeping Hampton Roads competitive when it comes to economic development.
“An effective regional transit system is key to the quality of life and economic vitality of our region,” said Bob Crum, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. “And today’s State of Transit event showcased the various community stakeholders coming together to build the future of transit.”
Together, HRT, WATA, and Suffolk Transit want to emphasize that public transportation plays a pivotal role in moving Hampton Roads’ economy forward, as employees rely on it to get to work, and customers rely on it to patronize businesses.