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HAMPTON ROADS -- Hampton Roads Transit is making an effort to improve commuting options across the region and they are looking for input.

HRT hopes to help drivers in Hampton Roads who face traffic congestion, a lack of transportation choices, and a disconnect between transit systems from city to city by launching www.connecthamptonroads.com.

'We've looked at transit... systems throughout the world. We have found a structural deficiency,' said Hampton Roads Transit President and CEO William Harrell.

HRT wants better quality and more diverse transportation options. HRT believes public imput has the potential to transform how people and places connect in Hampton Roads.

'This is about providing the appropriate level of resources to transit throughout the region,' Harrell said.

HRT said it's not just about improving the commute, but improving the community.

'I don't believe there's a clear understanding of the economic value that transit brings to the region,' Harrell says.

HRT also believes a structured transportation plan will increase quality of life.

'If we can build a grassroots effort, so it's not just Hampton Roads Transit and Williamsburg Area Transit pushing for dedicated funding. It's a community that wants a viable system,' Harrell said.

Take a five-minute survey at www.connecthamptonroads.com to share all of your transportation ideas -- not just about roads, bridges, and tunnels, but light rail, bike and pedestrian paths, buses, park-and-ride options and more.

The permanent website will up and running Thursday, but you only have until September to go to the site and complete the survey.

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