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Norfolk, Virginia, USA — Tide opens

After more than 3½ years of construction Norfolk's 7.4-mile light-rail system, The Tide, started public operation on Friday 19th August with free rides over the weekend. Due to the Tide's opening day proving so popular the operator, Hampton Roads Transit, announced Friday afternoon that free rides which were to end Sunday would be extended all week. The regular $1.50 fare will now go into effect on August 29th.

The line which runs from Eastern Virginia Medical Enter to Newtown Road near the Virginia Beach has a journey time of just 24 minutes and links employment centres, hospitals, colleges, entertainment and shopping enters along Interstate 264 in Norfolk. Served by 11 modern stations, Norfolk's new light-rail system has nine Siemens-built low floor S70 cars. The vehicles, built in Sacramento, California, seat 68 with a total capacity of 236 passengers plus four bicycle racks.

20 August 2011

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