ODU Partners with HRT for Free Rides on The Tide and More

  • The Tide - Norfolk's new light rail system
  • HRT bus
  • Paddlewheel Ferry between Norfolk and Portsmouth

Old Dominion University has partnered with Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) to offer members of the campus community more transportation options. Starting this fall, students, faculty and staff who have a valid ODU identification will be able to ride all HRT transportation services free of charge, including The Tide light rail, MAX Express buses, HRT buses and the HRT ferry that runs between Norfolk and Portsmouth.

According to Slade McCalip, director of parking at ODU, this initiative is part of the university's "go green" efforts. "We are extremely pleased to partner with HRT and offer this to Old Dominion students, faculty and staff," he said.

Celebratory "Ride The Tide" kickoff events will be held for faculty and staff Friday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for students on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where students can receive free prizes.

Participants should meet at the Route 16 bus stop at the corner of Elkhorn Avenue and 43rd Street, behind the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. From there, they will ride the bus to the closest Tide station, located near Eastern Virginia Medical School, and then ride The Tide to the MacArthur Center to grab lunch or go shopping.

This article was posted on: August 15, 2011

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