Tidewater Transportation District Commission (TTDC) serves five cities in southeastern Virginia, centered around Norfolk. Its service area covers 1000 sq mi with a population of 800,000. This metropolitan region, typical of so many in the nation, is characterized by low-density housing and employment areas. The trend to low-density is continuing even in the face of rising household and commuting costs. Fixed-route transit services are not appropriate to low-volume levels of this type of development. TTDC operates bus, minibus and bus trolley services. Tourist-oriented services are provided during the summer. TTDC has participated in vanpool programs since 1977, providing vehicles and technical assistance to employers involved in such programs. It is also a centralized provider for elderly and handicapped services, handling 15,000 monthly with lift-equipped vans and buses. Demand-responsive services are operated in low-density areas. TTDC's Community Based Transportation Program offers neighborhoods the opportunity to operate their own transportation, leasing vans at no cost and providing maintenance and insurance at low rates. A new ferry service operates across the Elizabeth River between Portsmouth and Norfolk. TTDC finds fixed-route buses inappropriate and too costly for many of the services it must provide for its service area.

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  • Accession Number: 00396448
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1985 12:00AM