VA: New bus line serves Chesapeake, Suffolk Amazon warehouses

Amazon’s rapid development in Hampton Roads led to the launch of a new bus service to connect workers to warehouses in Chesapeake and Suffolk.

The e-commerce giant opened a new facility in Chesapeake in August and another even bigger center in Suffolk in October, employing a combined total of around 2,500 full-time and part-time workers.

In response to the sudden demand for public transit to more rural areas of the region, Hampton Roads Transit launched the 980 Express, an extension of the 757 Express, on Sunday.

The limited-service bus line will offer four daily trips — two in the morning and two in the afternoon — for $2 each way to get Amazon warehouse workers to work on time and back home at the end of their shift.

The morning run leaves the Norfolk City Center Transit Center at 5:50 a.m. and the Amazon Suffolk facility at 5:45 a.m. Afternoon runs start from both locations at 5:45 p.m.

“Developing these regionally significant employment centers requires a transit response, and we are pleased to provide one for the traveling public,” said William Harrell, President and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit.

The bus route will also serve locations at County and Court streets and Victory Crossing transfer centres, all in Portsmouth. Service times may be adjusted based on usage.

Caitlyn Burchett, [email protected]

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