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Richmond’s draft transit plan: What it means for you and how to give officials your feedback

Planners have released a draft plan of expanded bus routes to better connect the city and connect with The Pulse, and they want to hear from you!

Trevor Dickerson

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As GRTC continues work on its Bus Rapid Transit line better known as The Pulse, planners at the Richmond Transit Network have released their draft plan to better connect the city via expanded bus service routes and integrate with the forthcoming BRT line.

As Ross Catrow with advocacy group RVA Rapid Transit put it, this is “a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reconfigure the city’s bus lines to work more efficiently,” and he’s right on the money. The draft plan released this week would expand bus service dramatically, as shown in the following graphic.

Graphic: RVA Rapid Transit. Legend (how long it would take to walk or take the bus): Red = 15 minutes, Orange = 30 minutes, Yellow = 45 minutes, and Green = 60 minutes.

You can view the full proposed routes here (PDF). You can also–and this is really neat–enter information about your commute and compare the time it would take to complete it under the proposed plans compared to today with this handy interactive tool.

Graphic: Richmond Transit Network

To fully understand the implications of this plan and what it would mean for Richmonders and their increased access to public transportation, check out this excellent explainer.

Obviously, these are only recommendations, and city planners want to get your thoughts on whether they’re a big improvement or still need some work. You can take an online survey here, and there are plenty of opportunities for in-person public comment as well.

Meeting dates, times, and locations, per RVA Rapid Transit, are as follows:

  • January 18th, 12:00–2:00 PM, Main Public Library (101 E. Franklin Street)
  • January 18th, 6:00–8:00 PM, DMV Central Office (2300 W. Broad Street)
  • January 19th, 6:00–8:00 PM, VCU Sports Medicine Building (1300 W. Broad Street)
  • January 21st, 12:00–2:00 PM, Peter Paul Development Center (1708 N. 22nd Street)
  • January 24th, 6:00–8:00 PM. Calhoun Center (436 Calhoun Stret)
  • January 26th, 6:00–8:00 PM, Partnership for Families Northside (800 W. Graham Street)
  • January 30th, 6:00–8:00 PM, Hillside Court Community Center (1500 Harwood Street)
  • January 31st, 6:00–8:00 PM, Southside Community Services Center (4100 Hull Street)

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.