Hampton Roads is linked to domestic markets by one of the country’s most modern interstate and state highway systems. Interstate 64, a major east-west route, encircles the metropolitan area. Due west are the principal north-south interstate highways, I-85 and I-95. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel gives coastal highway traffic direct access to Hampton Roads and saves 90 miles to the New York/New Jersey corridor.
Hampton Roads is home to the corporate headquarters of Fortune 500, Norfolk Southern. The Hampton Roads region enjoys exceptional cargo handling and transportation through the extensive rail service provided by Norfolk Southern and CSX. The combined rail system consists of 43,300 miles of tracks linking 23 states, including the entire Eastern U.S. and the Province of Ontario, Canada. Amtrak provides daily passenger rail service between Norfolk, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston.
Three marine terminals operated by the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) and located in Norfolk, Newport News, and Portsmouth serve the region as one of the busiest general cargo ports on the East Coast with a 50 foot deep, year-round, ice-free harbor. Over 95% of the world’s shipping lines call on the Port of Hampton Roads, linking Virginia to more than 380 ports in over 115 locations worldwide. In July 2017 the General Assembly approved a $350 million state-backed bond deal to expand cargo capacity at Norfolk International Terminals, the Port's largest terminal. The project will increase capacity at the terminal's south berth by 46%.
Norfolk International Airport and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport are located within a 30-minute drive of most business and residential areas in the region, and provide air service for approximately four million passengers annually. Nine major airlines provide over 100 flights per day to international gateway cities.
Sources: Norfolk Southern; CSX; Amtrak; Norfolk International Airport; Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport ; Virginia Port Authority; APM Terminals; HREDA
Gaining Speed and Connectivity!
The Amtrak Virginia passenger station, a $5 million, 3,500 square foot station for intercity passenger rail, opened in December 2013.
The Tide: Starter Line and Extension Studies The Tide light rail opened in August 2011. The route begins at the Eastern Virginia Medical Center in Fort Norfolk through downtown Norfolk, and continues eastward adjacent to I-264, to Newtown Road. Eleven stations are located along the route with four park and ride locations that provide access to major areas such as Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College (Norfolk Campus), Harbor Park, City Hall, MacArthur Center, and the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. For more information on The Tide and other regional transit services, visit www.gohrt.com.
More than $4.5 billion dollars in transportation projects are underway in the Hampton Roads area:
Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel:
The Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission and the Virginia Department of Transportation agreement in April 2019 commits $3.5 billion to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel expansion.
A list with other underway and upcoming projects in the Hampton Roads area can be found on the Virginia Department of Transportation website.
- VDOT Traffic Count Website
- Port of Virginia
- Norfolk International Airport
- Newport News Williamsburg International Airport
- Hampton Roads Transit
- Intercoastal Waterway
- Hampton Roads Tunnels and Bridges
- Signature Flight Support
- Amtrak Norfolk station
- Elizabeth River Tunnels
- VDOT Hampton Roads Transportation Projects
- History of the Elizabeth River Tunnels
- Interstates and Highways in Hampton Roads
- Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization