NOROFLK, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton Roads Transit announced the plan for a million-dollar upgrade to the Norfolk light rail.
HRT is planning safety improvements for the Norfolk State University Station, according to Tom Holden with HRT.
The upgrade will include a new set of stairs and elevators for passengers on the NSU side of Brambleton Avenue and would mean riders would no longer have to cross busy lanes of traffic to get to the platform.
Delegate Algie Howell spearheaded the partnership between HRT, NSU and the Virginia Department of General Services to gather the funding for the project.
"The NSU community thanks Delegate Howell for his leadership and diligence in securing the state funding for this important safety project. It will significantly promote pedestrian safety around the Brambleton HRT light rail station," said Dr. Tony Atwater, Norfolk State University president, in an HRT press release.
The project will cost $1.3 million and construction is expected to start in the fall and be finished by next spring.
But before construction can begin, the project will be presented to Norfolk's Design Review Panel and the City's Planning Commission on June 6.
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