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Highway System:

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.


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.

HRT is is in the final phase of a study to extend the light rail along a 3-mile route to Virginia Beach's Town Center.

The Midtown Tunnel, Downtown Tunnel & Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway Extension Construction on the Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) project includes a new Midtown Tunnel; significant rehabilitation, safety improvements and maintenance to the existing  Downtown and Midtown Tunnels; and extension of the MLK Freeway from London Boulevard to I-264, with a partial interchange at High Street, providing more direct access between the tunnels and a shorter, direct route to the Downtown Tunnel.  Rehabilitation of the Downtown Tunnel was completed in August 2016 and the second lane of the westbound Midtown Tunnel also opened in August 2016.  Learn more about the ERT project here.

Norfolk Department of Economic Development Mission

Generate wealth for the City of Norfolk through business expansion, enhancement, and new business development complementary to our neighborhoods.

Contact Info

(757) 664-4338
500 East Main Street
Suite 1500
Norfolk, VA 23510

Staff Details

Chuck Rigney
Director of Economic Development

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