The Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA Metro Area is well served by public transportation. The Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) provides bus services for the entire area and light rail service in Norfolk. Commuters can take advantage of the Tide, a 7.4 mile light rail line with 11 stations that connects Eastern Virginia Medical School and Newtown Road Station. The HRT also operates a modern streetcar line in downtown Norfolk between City Hall and Waterside. In addition to these public transit options, commuters have access to Amtrak trains with routes connecting Richmond, Newport News, and other cities within the metro area. Norfolk International Airport serves as the primary airport for both Norfolk and Virginia Beach, offering domestic flights throughout the United States as well as international flights to Canada and Mexico. All of this makes the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metro Area an easy place to travel around without having to drive your own car.
The typical American commute has been getting longer each year since 2010. The average one-way commute in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metro Area takes 24.3 minutes. That's shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.
How people in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metro Area get to work:
- 81.6% drive their own car alone
- 8.3% carpool with others
- 3.4% work from home
- 1.6% take mass transit