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Riding Hampton Roads Transit is Free on Juneteenth

This HRT tradition is now in its fifth year and predates Juneteenth as a state and federal holiday.

Riding Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) buses, light rail, ferry and paratransit will be free on June 19 in commemoration of Juneteenth.

This HRT tradition – now in its fifth year and predating Juneteenth as a state and federal holiday – honors the longest-running African American holiday with free-fare access to HRT’s comprehensive transit solutions throughout Hampton Roads.

“Juneteenth has long been celebrated by the African American community, and HRT is proud to make it easier to get around on a day marking the end of slavery in the United States,” said William E. Harrell, President and CEO of HRT. “Connecting Hampton Roads’ diverse communities through transit ensures everyone has access to opportunities and fosters inclusivity in our region.”

Juneteenth is one of four free fare days offered by HRT. Election Day (Nov. 5 this year), Transit Equity Day (Feb. 4, 2025), and Earth Day (April 22) are also days that Hampton Roads residents can try transit at no cost.

Since Juneteenth is a state and federal holiday, HRT bus, light rail and base express services will operate on their Saturday schedules. The Elizabeth River Ferry will continue operating on its regular weekday schedule. Transit center information booths and public access to all administrative facilities will be closed.

HRT’s Customer Service Call Center will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. by calling (757) 222-6100.

HRT’s mission is to connect Hampton Roads with transportation solutions that are reliable, safe, efficient and sustainable. For more information on transit services, visit gohrt.com.


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