GRTC is thanking area veterans with free bus rides on November 11, 2018, Veterans Day. Buses will display a message on exterior electronic signs, saying, “Thank you, Veterans!”
A veteran with proof of military service can ride for free on any GRTC route all day on Veterans Day. Veterans Day is on a Sunday this year, so only routes in service on Sundays will operate. CARE veteran customers may also receive a free ride on CARE on November 11 when scheduling and by showing proof of veterans’ status.
“GRTC is grateful to honor veterans in our communities and among our riders,” GRTC’s Interim CEO Charlie Mitchell said. “We are committed to responding to the needs of the communities we serve, following the examples set by veterans who responded to the needs of the country they served.”
On Veterans Day, bus operators will accept any of these common forms of proof of military service: military ID card (active/reserve/retired); VA ID card; current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES); driver’s license with veterans designation; photograph in uniform; wearing uniform (if service permits); veterans organization card (e.g., VFW); or DD214 (discharge paperwork).
GRTC provides direct access to destinations for veterans, including the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA on the Routes 2C, 20, 86, 87 and 88. The Richmond Vet Center at Willow Lawn is one block away from a bus stop served by the Routes 18, 19, 76, 77 and 79. The Henrico Benefits Office is serviced by Route 7A/B bus stops on Nine Mile Road.
Bus stops are also located at the Virginia War Memorial, serviced by both the Routes 3(A,B,C) and 87. Visitors to the World War I Memorial Carillon in Byrd Park can also ride Route 5 and walk down the Boulevard to the Carillon. Riders of the Route 3(A,B,C) are about five blocks from the entrance to Hollywood Cemetery at Cherry and Albemarle. Richmond National Cemetery is also accessible by Routes 4B and 56.