NEWPORT NEWS—Progress is moving along on a new transportation center in Newport News.
Construction of the new transportation center first began a year ago. At the groundbreaking event for the Newport News Transportation Center on July 21, 2020, Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price stated, “Today’s event is more than a symbolic groundbreaking. It’s the beginning of a new era for transportation in our region and beyond. The foundations of a thriving city are its accessibility, and how well it meets the needs of its residents, business, and guests. This new, multi-modal center will modernize and streamline transportation on the Peninsula, in Hampton Roads, and throughout the commonwealth.”
The new transportation center will be located at Bland Boulevard between Warwick Boulevard and Interstate 64, and will serve as a hub for Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) buses, taxis, and shuttles that service the Newport News area.
The $47 million project is broken into three separate phases. According to Kim Lee, Communications/Media Relations Manager for the City of Newport News, challenges with a waterline installation and surcharge construction have resulted in some delays, but, at this point, the city still anticipates the project will be completed late next year. The three phases of the project include:
Phase One—site grading, drainage, and utilities, to be completed by Basic Construction Company LLC, which is expected to be completed this fall.
Phase Two—trackwork and service facility, to be completed by Allan Myers VA, Inc., which is expected to be completed in late 2022
Phase Three—station building, platform, and site finishes, to be completed by McKenzie Construction, which is expected to be completed in late 2022
The new transportation center represents a partnership between the City of Newport News, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). It will replace the Amtrak train station currently on Warwick Boulevard. The new center will enable CSX to have more track time available for cargo traffic and enable Hampton Roads Transit to offer expanded bus service. There also will be shuttles available between the station and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF). The new facility will be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant and energy efficient, and will feature modern amenities and increased parking.
“This transportation center will not only serve as a gateway into Newport News and the Hampton Roads region, but provide people—whether it be residents, visitors, military personnel—with flexible and connected options for getting to where they need to be,” said VDOT Commissioner Stephen C. Brich.