HRT, Suffolk make good move

Published 8:18 pm Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This week Hampton Roads Transit made its debut in Suffolk. The city of Suffolk officially entered into the same arrangement on Monday as other Hampton Roads cities with HRT. The difference for those who are customarily riding the buses will be minimal, if any changes result at all.

However, for the city of Suffolk the difference is a bit more substantial. The main reason for considering the move was due to an obvious reduction in expenses for the city. By reducing city funds for staffing and the general cost of providing the service, Suffolk will save taxpayers money. The icing on the cake with the deal is that with HRT running the bus lines, services to citizens of Suffolk will be expanded.

Looking forward, the arrangement makes sense.

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“Our city is growing in leaps and bounds,” said Ron Williams, city treasurer. “HRT is more equipped for that role, they have the ability to transfer more services than we are.”

Williams is right. Suffolk continues to grow, and with the growth its transportation needs will increase. Partnering with HRT ensures experienced leadership will be planning the course for its current and future passengers. It also takes the burden of funding public transportation off Suffolk’s shoulders.