With a total of 25 schools hosting their graduation ceremonies at Siegel Center wrangling the resulting traffic is no small matter.
VCU News outlines how the local authorities plan to deal with the crowds.
VCU Police and the Richmond Police Department will have additional staffing to direct traffic at more than a dozen intersections, including those near Exit 76B (Belvidere Street) off Interstate 95 and along Belvidere and Broad streets west to Hermitage Road. As in previous years, digital signs in the area will encourage local drivers to take alternate routes during peak travel times.
No parking signs will be posted along West Marshall Street, between Bowe and North Harrison streets, behind the Siegel Center; towing enforcement will go into effect on June 5. This area will be reserved for buses to drop off graduates.
CU Police is also working with the city to establish 20-minute parking zones on nearby streets to accommodate customers at local businesses.
To ensure that VCU parking subscribers can park safely and with minimal impacts, VCU Parking & Transportation will be relocating parking subscribers from the West Broad Street Deck between June 6 and 16. Reciprocal parking (for drivers with MCV Campus permits that can be used to park in the West Broad Street Deck) will not be permitted in the West Broad Street Deck until June 17.
Parking subscribers should have received an email from VCU Parking & Transportation outlining temporary accommodations.
Blue, red, green and yellow parking passes, issued by area schools, will be required for guests parking in assigned decks at VCU.
A map of routes is available for download on the VCU website.
Parking information for VCU employees as well as graduation ceremony attendees is available on the VCU Parking & Transportation website, including directions for entry and exit from specific parking decks.