HRT will not offer any fares on all transit services this Earth Day

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – Marks Friday earth day and Hampton Roads Transit famously offering no fares all day.

This Friday, April 22, HRT is offering customers free fares on all modes of service – bus, light rail, paratransit and ferry.

Fare Free Day aims to encourage people who don’t use public transit to reconsider it as a mode of transportation and to say thank you to loyal customers.

“We welcome everyone on board – every day,” said HRT President and CEO William Harrell. “Give us a try.”

Taking public transit is one way to use less gas.

On the commemoration of Earth Day, HRT is relaunching its Adopt-A-Stop program with a recruitment challenge. From April 22 through May 22, HRT is asking employees, customers, and the agency’s Board of Directors to consider transit stop adoption and recruit new transit stop adoptions.

The program encourages the community to maintain transit stops and keep neighborhoods beautiful.

Adopters will pick up and dispose of litter, as well as noticeable issues such as graffiti and broken shelter glass, around their adopted transit stop. The minimum is one year, however, adopters can choose to volunteer longer. HRT provides a starter kit for adoptees that includes a trash can, one or more safety vests, a stand and broom/pan set, and a one-time supply of trash bags and rubber gloves.

Customers can now use the “am i clean» in the stops and refuges of the region.

The “Am I Clean” tool anonymously reports all sightings at each stop. HRT claims that this feedback will enable HRT to better utilize its cleaning services and provide data to make improvements.

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Melvin Z. Madore