GRTC Pulse Ridership Exceeds Expectations

GRTC Pulse Ridership Exceeds Expectations

GRTC Pulse opened its doors on Sunday June 24th, completing 6,240 trips on the first day. The ridership goal for Sunday was 1,600. Things only went up from there.

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GRTC’s Pulse service opened last week and has offered free rides the past week. GRTC Pulse is the new slick high capacity rapid transit system that serves a 7.6-mile route along Broad Street and Main Street, from Rocketts Landing in the City of Richmond to Willow Lawn in Henrico County. Here’s what we had to say about it last week.

The brains behind Pulse were hoping for daily ridership of 3,500. The first weekday they had 8,669. The other days that they’ve release data for weren’t far behind.

The big test comes this week when the ride are no longer free. The fare to ride the Pulse is the same as local routes at $1.50 per ride or $0.75 for reduced fare customers. The Pulse is free to ride for CARE customers. If you’re new to Pulse and feeling nervous or simply want more information visit: Also check out GRTC Pulse’s social media (TwitterFacebookInstagram).

A little reminder from GRTC:

Lane Construction will continue with some remaining work as the service is in its integration period. With service now underway, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to pay close attention to traffic signage, lane markings and signalization. For everyone’s safety, please do not drive, bike, walk, or skateboard in Bus Only lanes. Bicyclists are welcome to use the Downtown Bus Only lanes between 4th and 14th Sts., and drivers are permitted to make right-turns from these 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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