Project Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Background Information

What is BRT?
For more information about bus rapid transit (BRT) and the benefits it brings to the Peninsula, see the What is BRT page.
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What is NEPA?
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions. Using the NEPA process, agencies evaluate a project’s environmental, social, and economic impacts. Agencies also provide opportunities for public review and comment on those evaluations. Since the Peninsula BRT project will seek federal funding, a NEPA review is necessary.

For more details about NEPA in general, click here.
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What is an LPA?
The purpose of a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) is to define the transit option that best meets the project’s needs and will be carried forward to seek federal funding. An LPA is a policy decision, supported by study documentation and analysis, that will be set by the Cities of Hampton and Newport News.
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What is a CE?
NEPA can involve three different levels of analysis. One of those, a Categorical Exclusion (CE), is used in cases where the proposed action does not have a significant effect on the human environment. A CE is the right approach for the Peninsula BRT project’s Jefferson and Mercury corridors since they are generally contained within the existing transportation right-of-way.
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How do I participate?
There are numerous ways to stay informed about and involved with the project. To start, visit the Get Involved page to sign up for notifications!
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What was the Peninsula Corridor Study?
In March 2016, Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), in partnership with the Cities of Hampton and Newport News, began the Peninsula Corridor Study to define potential high-capacity transit connections between existing and future activity centers in Hampton and Newport News.

The 18-month study included extensive public outreach, research, analysis, and four distinct phases of work. Based on public and stakeholder input, the study team developed the study’s Purpose and Need and then identified 18 possible high-capacity transit corridors (Tier 1 alternatives). Using evaluation criteria based on the Purpose and Need, the study team then narrowed the alternatives to six Tier 2 corridors for further study.

The study initially considered three transit technology options: bus rapid transit (BRT), modern streetcar, and light rail transit (LRT). LRT and streetcar were removed from consideration due primarily to lack of cost-effectiveness.

The detailed and in-depth evaluation of the Tier 2 corridors ultimately recommended three cost-effective BRT alternatives for further study, to include environmental documentation and engineering and design.

To read the final study report, click here.
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Will this replace my local bus and impact my bus stop?
No, the existing local bus system will remain about the same. Some changes will be made to improve connections to the proposed BRT routes and eliminate duplicative service.
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When will the BRT project be open for service?
The BRT project is still in the planning stages and is being planned to better accommodate existing travel needs and support future growth and development. The current study will conclude in late 2019. It will likely take 2 to 3 years for detailed design development and 1 to 2 years for construction—if the Cities of Hampton and Newport News decide to move the project forward.
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How much will this cost and who will pay for it?
The cost of the BRT system is being evaluated as part of the current study.  The project will likely be funded from a variety of federal, state, and local sources. The project is being developed following guidelines for federal grants, which could provide approximately 50 percent of the project construction cost.
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Can someone come speak to my group about BRT?
We are available to speak to groups about BRT. If you would like us to speak to your group, let us know using the Contact Us form on the Get Involved page.
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