Virginia Beach is celebrating two big transportation developments that are sure to please: the return of new Atlantic Avenue trolleys and the official opening of the Rudee Inlet Connector Walk.
Fourteen trolleys with a nostalgic feel will carry tourists and locals along Atlantic Avenue as part of the Virginia Beach Wave System, which is a seasonal service of three local routes serving the Oceanfront. Two are starting to move today with the rest coming on in the coming weeks.
The Rudee Connector Walk was completed in fall 2014, but the ribbon cutting is happening today. The 10-foot wide 1,600 foot concrete walkway runs from Winston Salem Avenue, under the Rudee Inlet Bridge, to the 4th Street parking lot. It has improved the mobility and safety of pedestrians and cyclists by providing a lighted, direct linkage from the Marina district to the Oceanfront.
The Rudee Connector Walk will also serve as a launching point for future improvements such as a water taxi and further public transportation developments.
Rides on the new trolley will be available after the ceremony.