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Crews to begin removing orange barrels, test new buses along GRTC Pulse corridor

As the GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit project wraps up, crews are removing those infamous orange barrels along Broad Street starting today and will begin testing the new fleet of buses beginning Monday.

Trevor Dickerson

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At long last, those infamous orange barrels along Broad Street between Thompson Street and Rocketts Landing that have been in place for the duration of the GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit project are coming up.

Work is wrapping up on the project, which will provide bus rapid transit service between Willow Lawn and Rocketts Landing. Beginning today, Thursday April 19th, crews will remove barrels beginning at Thompson St., progressing east, and will conclude removal along the entire route by Sunday, April 22nd.

Despite the barrels being removed from the roadway and stations, project contractor Lane Construction will continue with some remaining work at the stations, such as landscaping, lights, totem signage, station glass, station ceilings, and more.

Some roadway work is expected to continue, including forming pedestrian curb ramps, as well as sidewalk repairs. GRTC asks drivers to watch for any workers who may be in the roadway, along sidewalks, and at stations.

The removal of barrels permits GRTC to conduct its remaining Operational Exercises beginning Monday, April 23rd. These exercises will include Pulse bus runs in dedicated Bus Only lanes, docking at station platforms, and movements through new traffic signals. Operational Exercises are expected to occur through May.

More information and safety precautions from GRTC:

During this increased period of GRTC Operational Exercises, drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are encouraged to pay close attention to traffic signage, lane markings and signalization. Please note there may be new travel patterns in place. For everyone’s safety, please do not drive, bike, walk, or skateboard in Bus Only lanes. Bicyclists and drivers are permitted to make right-turns from the Downtown Bus Only lanes. Please yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians, please do not walk down the median; use sidewalks and marked crosswalks. Remain alert for Pulse buses and bus movements that may be different from neighboring lanes.

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