Petersburg bus service to expand into Hopewell

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - The city of Hopewell is pushing for public bus transportation and city leaders are asking neighboring localities to help. The proposed route would be called the Hopewell Circulator.

The city wants Petersburg to expand it's bus service into Hopewell -- and thanks to a grant it appears the proposal will become a reality.

Bunny Porter has called Hopewell home for most of her life. When it comes to getting to the nearest shopping center she walks.

Nicole Bell: "How long does it take you to walk there?"
Bunny Porter: "About a half hour. It's good exercise."

Porter doesn't have a vehicle and public transportation is non-existent in Hopewell, but that may soon change.

The city is pushing to get Petersburg Area Transit to expand into the city of Hopewell. The route would start at the Crossings on Oaklawn Blvd. in Hopewell and extend to 28 different points throughout the city.

The proposed route would consist of stops in the downtown area including the courthouse, Department of Social Services, as well as, Cavalier Square Shopping Center.

"It allows people to connect into the community that may not have transportation," said Petersburg Mayor Brian Moore.

There will also be a transfer point that would take folks from Hopewell to surrounding cities and vice versa.

"Which will allow you to go to Fort Lee, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Blackstone and also connect to our GRTC system," said Moore.

Engineers in Hopewell and Petersburg came up with the route with one main goal in mind.

"To maximize the coverage to get as much of the population as possible," said Petersburg City Engineer, Mike Briddell.

Hopewell received a 3 year grant totaling nearly a half million dollars to fund the project -- and when the money runs out...

"Hopefully it will be such a success we can find funding to continue it," said Moore.

As for Porter, she'll continue to "walk" until the proposal becomes a reality.

The Hopewell Circulator Route is expected to launch during the fall of this year.

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