GRTC introduces proposed changes for next 10+ years of Richmond transit

Explore the proposed changes, fill out a survey to share your thoughts, and shape the official Transit Strategic Plan

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See what could change in the next 10 years of River City transit.

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GRTC is in the midst of creating its Transit Strategic Plan, which will outline the transit company’s goals in Richmond for the next decade. Now in the second phase of the planning process, GRTC has released a series of proposed changes including route updates, additions, and service improvements.

🚌 Background

Where should the bus go? Should it stay free? What neighborhoods need microtransit? GRTC is asking the public all these questions and more — you can let them know your answers by filling out this survey before Wednesday, Dec. 27.

🚏 Proposed changes

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Recommendations span from expanding hours of service and increasing frequencies to adding entire routes. Here are a few highlights:

  • East-West Pulse | Extending the Pulse line west from Willow Lawn to Parham Road by adding two stations, plus improving frequencies
  • North-South BRT | Introducing a North-South version of the Pulse that starts on Chamberlayne at Azalea Avenues, goes downtown, crosses the Manchester Bridge, then travels down Hull Street and Midlothian Turnpike
  • Route 1 | Expand Route 1 north to reach the Virginia Center Commons redevelopment site
  • Airport Express | Add an express route to Richmond International Airport from downtown

Curious about a particular route? Find its proposed changes, including express routes.

🎙️ Get involved

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One pop-up event is at the new Downtown Transfer Station.

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The survey will be open until Wednesday, Dec. 27. It’ll let you provide feedback on up to three routes, but if you’d like to comment on more, you can fill out the survey more than once.

GRTC is also hosting a series of pop-up events this week to gather feedback. See which routes will be up for discussion at each event.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 28 | 2-5 p.m. | Southside Plaza
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 4-7 p.m. | Downtown Transfer Station
  • Thursday, Nov. 30 | 4-7 p.m. | 23rd & Franklin