“The bottom line is simply, a viable transportation network is essential for commerce and quality of life” William Harrell, President and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit extolled the virtues of Light Rail as HRT celebrated the 5th anniversary for transit Light Rail Friday, August 19th. Harrell excited the crowd as he spoke about the milestones and challenges that were overcome to get Light Rail moving in the direction it is headed today.
Dignitaries on hand included Congressman Bobby Scott, Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander, and Norfolk’s previous Mayor Paul Fraim. Mayor Sessoms’ enthusiasm rallied the crowd as he spoke with confidence about the big vision he sees for Hampton Roads and the Light rail system. Mayor Alexander also shared words of support for Light Rail as he introduced himself with “My name is Kenneth ‘ride the Tide’ Alexander!” Connectivity was the apparent theme for the HRT 5th Anniversary Celebration.