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VCU and GRTC Partner to Provide Free Bus Rides for Students and Employees

The pilot program is scheduled to last for the upcoming academic year.




If you’re a VCU student or employee you and want to ditch the car for public transportation you’re in luck. This morning VCU announced that starting today (August 1st) all students and employees of VCU and VCU Health System can take advantage of free bus rides. All they have to do is show a VCU-, VCU Health System- or Virginia Premier-issued ID card to the bus driver and there is no cost. New special bus passes will be distributed during the fall semester.

This comes after VCU signed a $1.2 million one-year agreement with the Greater Richmond Transit Company.

Details are posted on VCU News:

“This partnership with GRTC provides the entire VCU community with greater access and alternative means to explore and connect to more areas of Richmond — a need revealed through our most recent strategic planning process,” said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU and VCU Health System.

The $1.2 million dollar initiative will operate as a pilot program for the upcoming academic year — through July 31, 2019.

“VCU’s partnership with GRTC reflects our shared commitment to the Richmond community as a whole,” said Meredith Weiss, Ph.D., VCU vice president for administration. “Consistent and reliable transit contributes to a healthy and active campus by improving accessibility, connectivity and mobility — goals of our ONE VCU master plan. We look forward to more innovative collaborations with the city of Richmond and other community partners as this master plan moves ahead.”

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