Children’s Museum Unveils Upgrades to its Bus Display

If you’ve been to the Children’s Museum of Virginia over the past couple decades, you are certain to have taken a “ride” on the bus there. Well, the old standby recently got a facelift.

Workers with Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) spent several months adding new seats and lighting, a new bus wrap and murals in the exhibit area. It now looks like the bus is exiting the Midtown Tunnel.

A ribbon-cutting attended by several elected officials in Portsmouth was held Friday, May 19.

The bus used to be in service until it was damaged by fire and had the rear half removed. HRT restored the front and later donated it to the Children’s Museum in 1999. It’s been popular since, but was in need of some sprucing.

The upgrades have a purpose. They are part of an ongoing campaign by HRT to introduce public transit to children. Last summer, HRT launched the Student Freedom Pass, which provides children between the ages of 13-17 with unlimited free rides in the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach.

“It’s often said that children are the future, and that’s especially the case for HRT,” said William Harrell, president and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit. “Part of our mission is to introduce to the public the continuing value of transit. Showing children how our system works is central to that effort.”

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Photo courtesy: Hampton Roads Transit – 2017