GRTC is proud to thank veterans with free bus rides on November 11, 2019, 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. CARE veteran customers may also receive a free ride on CARE on November 11 when scheduling and by showing proof of veterans’ status when boarding.
GRTC’s Chief Executive Officer Julie Timm says, “GRTC is proud to once again honor veterans among our riders. This is just a small way we can thank our community’s veterans, and I am interested in exploring more ways we can ensure access for our veterans to critical services and sites on GRTC’s network.”
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 important 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 served by Route 7A/B bus stops on Nine Mile Road.
Bus stops are also located at the Virginia War Memorial, served 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 Arthur Ashe Blvd. 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.
The core values demonstrated by veterans are proudly exemplified by many GRTC employees. GRTC currently employs nearly 30 veterans, who prescribe to absolute integrity, competence and diligence in the performance of their duties at GRTC.