Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) formed in October 1999 by the merging of PENTRAN (Peninsula Transportation District Commission) on the Virginia Peninsula and TRT (Tidewater Regional Transit also known as the Tidewater Transit District Commission) in South Hampton Roads.
Hampton Roads Transit (also known as the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads) currently serves over 22 million annual passengers in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area.
HRT currently serves 1.2 million people within its 369-square-mile (960 km2) service area. Its service area consists of eight cities: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, the town of Smithfield and the city of Williamsburg (Colonial Williamsburg). Service to downtown Suffolk is handled by the city of Suffolk, which subleases buses from HRT. HRT directly runs the trolley route from Tidewater Community College.