Impact of Grand Illumination and Christmas Parade on GRTC

Impact of Grand Illumination and Christmas Parade on GRTC

If you depend on public transit to get around or are considering taking the bus to see the parade on Saturday you should check out the list of route changes.

First off we have tonight’s Grand Illumination in the fairly localized area of Shockoe Slip.

Every year the Grand Illumination, a special event, closes roads Downtown at The James Center and GRTC implements detours. On Friday, November 30th from approximately 5PM through 7PM, some GRTC routes will operate on detours with delays.

Detour information for our affected routes is below:

Route 5 (Eastbound): Regular routing is expected, but detours to Franklin or Grace Streets are possible.

Route 14 (Eastbound): Via Cary St., left on 9th St., right on Broad St., right on 14thSt., left on Main St. and resume regular route.

Customers should be prepared for unexpected deviations in the detour routes. There may be schedule delays, as well, resulting from increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the vicinity.

The much bigger impact will be felt on Broad Street on Saturday during the annual Christmas Parade.

Every year, the Dominion Christmas Parade, a special event, closes roads and GRTC implements detours. On Saturday, December 1st from 6AM through approximately 2PM, many GRTC routes will operate on detours with delays, including the Pulse. Most buses will use eastbound Broad St. and Leigh St. to bypass Parade closures.

On the Pulse, multiple station platforms will be closed along with the road closure on Broad St. However, we will be able to operate the Pulse – eastbound on the curbside on Broad St. and westbound on the curbside on Leigh St. Please prepare for significant schedule impacts. The following Pulse stations will be open: Willow Lawn, Staples Mill, Scott’s Addition, Government Center, VCU Medical Center, Main Street Station, Shockoe Bottom, East Riverfront, and Rocketts Landing. We expect Broad St. will reopen by 2PM, and we will resume regular Pulse service as Broad St. reopens post-parade.

Although the following Pulse stations will be closed for service, they will be open for spectator viewing of the Parade: Science Museum, Allison St., VCU & VUU, Arts District, and Convention Center. Please do not climb on, stand on, or jump from the platforms, walls, railings or bike gates. Please do not stand or sit on the edge of platforms. Please do not press the Emergency Call button unless you have an emergency.

Detour information for our affected routes is below:

Route 1A/B/C (Southbound): Via Leigh St., turn right on 8th St., left on Broad St., and resume regular route.

Route 1 A/B/C (Northbound): Via Broad St., turn right on 9th St., left on Leigh St., and resume regular route.

Route 2 A/B/C (Southbound): Via 1st St., turn left on Leigh St., right on 8th St., and resume regular route.

Route 2 A/B/C (Northbound): Via 9th St., turn left on Leigh St., right on 2nd St., and resume regular route.

Route 3 A/B/C (Southbound): Via 3rd St., turn left on Leigh St., right on 8th St., right on Main St., left on Belvidere St., and resume regular route.

Route 3 A/B/C (Northbound): Via Belvidere St., turn right on Broad St., left on 9th St., left on Leigh St., right on 3rd St., and resume regular route.

Routes 4A and 4B: Regular route.

Route 5: Regular route.

Route 7A/B: Regular route.

Route 12 (Westbound): Via MLK Bridge to Leigh St., turn left on 1st St., left on 3rd St., right on Leigh St., right on 8th St., left on Marshall St., left on 9th St. to Transfer Plaza Bay G.

Route 12 (Eastbound): From Transfer Plaza Bay G regular route.

Route 13: Regular route.

Route 14 (Southbound): Via Lombardy St., turn left on Leigh St., right on 8th St., left on Cary St., and resume regular route.

Route 14 (Northbound): Via Main St., right on 9th St., left on Leigh St., right on Lombardy St., and resume regular route.

Route 18: No Saturday service.

Route 19: Regular route.

Route 20 (Southbound): Regular route.

Route 20 (Northbound): Via Robinson St., turn left on Monument Ave., right on Boulevard, left on Broad St., and resume regular route.

Roue 50 (Eastbound end-of-line to Westbound): Via Broad St., turn right on Robinson St., right on Monument Ave., right on Boulevard, left on Broad St., and resume regular route. The end-of-the-line will be at Broad and Summit Ave bus stop #477.

Route 56: No Saturday service.

Route 75: No Saturday service.

Route 76 (Eastbound end-of-line to Westbound): Via Broad St., turn right on Robinson St., right on Monument Ave., right on Boulevard, left on Broad St. and resume regular route westbound. The end-of-the-line will be at Broad and Sheppard.

Route 77 (Eastbound end-of-line to Westbound): Via Robinson St., turn right on Broad St., right on Davis Ave., right on Monument Ave., left on Robinson St., and resume regular route.

Route 78 (Eastbound): Via Broad St., turn left on 9th St., left on Leigh St., left on 1st St., left on Marshall St. The end-of-the-line will be at Marshall and 2nd Sts.

Route 78 (Westbound): Via Marshall St., turn left on 3rd St., right on Leigh St., right on 8th St., right on Grace St., left on Harrison St., and resume regular route.

Route 79: No Saturday service.

Route 86: Regular route.

Route 87 (Southbound): Via Marshall St., turn left on 3rd St., right on Leigh St., right on 8th St., right on Grace St., left on 3rd St., and resume regular route.

Route 87 (Northbound): Via 2nd St., turn right on Franklin St., left on 9th St., left on Leigh St., left on 1st St., left on Marshall St. The end-of-the-line will be at Marshall and 2nd Sts.

Route 88: Regular route.

Route 91: Regular route.

Route 93: No Saturday service.

Route 102x (Northbound): Via Broad St., right on 9th St., left on Leigh St., right on Belvidere St., and resume regular route. Passengers Downtown should board at westbound bus stops between 12th and 9th Sts.

Pulse (Eastbound): Via Broad St., right on Robinson St., left on Monument Ave, left on Strawberry St., right on Broad St., and resume regular route. The Pulse will serve local curbside bus stops on Broad St. between Strawberry St. and 8th St. The Pulse will not be able to serve the following Pulse stations: Science Museum, Allison St., VCU & VUU, Arts District, and Convention Center. The following Pulse stations will be open: Willow Lawn, Staples Mill, Scott’s Addition, Government Center, VCU Medical Center, Main Street Station, Shockoe Bottom, East Riverfront, and Rocketts Landing.

Pulse (Westbound): Via Broad St., right on 9th St., left on Leigh St., left on Boulevard, right on Broad St., and resume regular route. The Pulse will serve curbside temporary bus stops on Leigh St. between 9th St. and Boulevard. The Pulse will not be able to serve the following Pulse stations: Science Museum, Allison St., VCU & VUU, Arts District, and Convention Center. The following Pulse stations will be open: Willow Lawn, Staples Mill, Scott’s Addition, Government Center, VCU Medical Center, Main Street Station, Shockoe Bottom, East Riverfront, and Rocketts Landing.

Customers should be prepared for unexpected deviations in the detour routes throughout the Parade. Schedule delays are expected on most routes.

Thank you for your patience during this special event.

The Call Center will be open at 8:30AM Saturday to assist customers with these detours: 804-358-4782.

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