Soon it will be a little easier–and cheaper–to get to Richmond International Airport. GRTC announced plans this week to extend service to the airport in 2018.
In partnership with Henrico County, GRTC will offer three trips every weekday to the airport on the Route 56 South Laburnum. Once the new Route 7 A/B Nine Mile Henrico begins service, there will be a GRTC bus servicing RIC every 30 minutes, Monday to Friday between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Best of all, it’ll only be $1.50–much less than parking your car or taking an Uber or Lyft.
And it’s not just air passengers who will benefit from the new service route. Approximately 2,500 employees are based at RIC, working for airlines, rental car agencies, concessionaires, federal agencies such as the FAA and the TSA, as well as for the Airport Commission.
“Richmond International Airport expects that improved GRTC bus service to the airport will not only provide benefits in terms of workforce access to a major employment center, but will also offer a consistent public transit option to travelers visiting the Richmond Region,” explained Troy Bell, Director of Marketing & Air Service Development for the airport.
“GRTC is excited to partner with Henrico County and RIC on this service expansion, which will enable more of RIC’s workforce to conveniently and reliably reach their jobs at the airport,” said David Green, GRTC’s CEO.
“The additional benefit of this Henrico County service enhancement is for the carry-on only traveler. If you’re traveling light with up to two personal items, then you can fit on a GRTC bus, ride to RIC, and take off for national and international destinations. Henrico County is committed to connecting residents and employees with Greater Richmond and beyond,” said Todd Eure, Transportation Development Division Director for the Henrico County Department of Public Works.
New bus stop signage and amenities, as well as the bus stop location, are currently being reviewed with RIC and Henrico County, and additional directional signage will be added inside and outside the terminal to guide passengers from the airport to the bus stop.
The Route 7 A/B Nine Mile Henrico is being funded by Henrico County, with annual operating matches from the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as farebox recovery from riders. This route will be the largest enhancement to RIC in GRTC’s history when it begins.