Soon GRTC will update the Downtown Transfer Plaza with new bus bay locations on 9th, Clay, and 8th Streets to accommodate nearby construction zones and preserve bus rider connections at night and on Sundays. Several bus stop shelters, benches, and trash cans will be relocated to new bay locations on Clay and 8th St., and wayfinding maps will be posted nearby for riders. New on-board announcements will explain the bay locations and routes serving them when buses approach the Plaza. GRTC expects the updates may be necessary as soon as February 2022.
Four bays will not change at all – A, B, C, and D. However, Bays E and F relocate to Clay and Bays G, H, and I will relocate to 8th St. Bus Stop #2522 at 9th and Marshall will become Bay J. Because of nearby construction, some pedestrian pathways may be closed. Riders should only use marked pedestrian crossings at the Plaza.
GRTC Chief Executive Officer Julie Timm says, “I appreciate the City of Richmond’s support to help us coordinate necessary operational updates at the Downtown Transfer Plaza so that we can continue reliably serving customers and keep everyone safe from nearby construction zones. We were able to ensure essential infrastructure of shelters, benches, and wayfinding signage will be available at the new bus bays on 8th and Clay Streets. Our riders have been dealing with detours and other service adjustments Downtown recently, and we ask them, once again, to please pardon our dust as we work around obstacles to connect them with their jobs, homes, shopping, health care, education, and other community resources.”
This week, GRTC staff will begin installation of new bus bay stop signs, post new wayfinding materials, and coordinate with construction crews on relocation of shelters, benches, and trash cans in advance of sidewalk closures.
The Downtown Transfer Plaza opened in 2014 on 9th St. to ensure bus service could operate during major events on Broad St. in 2014 and 2015 and remained on 9th St. while efforts to secure a permanent transfer site continued. With the network redesign in 2018, the Downtown Transfer Plaza is now primarily used on Sundays and at nights when connecting buses have lower frequencies (longer waits between buses) and need well-timed connections for bus riders to transfer between 30-minute or hourly bus routes.
Another temporary update to the Downtown Transfer Plaza is expected later in 2022 when bays will move within the 8th St. surface parking lot between 8th and 9th Sts., and Leigh and Clay Sts., fully relocating bus bays from on-street to a designated lot out of the flow of general traffic. The City of Richmond and GRTC are collaborating on the updates in 2022 and continue joint efforts with other stakeholders to plan for a permanent Downtown Transfer Center in the future.
GRTC is a public service corporation providing mobility services in the Greater Richmond area. GRTC’s current operational budget (FY22) of $63.2 million primarily funds daily mobility operations and vehicle maintenance. GRTC provided 7.8 million trips during FY21 (July 1, 2020 – July 30, 2021).
Fatal Accident at Dillard’s in Stony Point Fashion Park
The victim was a maintenance tech working on the escalator.
Details from Richmond Fire Department
WORKING INCIDENT: At approx. 9:52a, crews responded to the Dillard’s store at 9208 Stony Point Pkwy for the report of a man who fell down the escalator shaft. Once on scene, they found the victim unresponsive. He was pronounced dead by medics with the @RAAEMS. pic.twitter.com/85RLNIsfLk
— Richmond Fire Department (@RFDVA) January 19, 2022
Venture Richmond Offering Up 10k Broad Street Tenant Recruitment Grants
Venture Richmond was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to help recruit ten new tenants to Broad Street in Downtown Richmond. Each new tenant will get a $10,000 grant for moving in and opening by May 15, 2022.
Venture Richmond was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development to help recruit ten new tenants to Broad Street in Downtown Richmond. Each new tenant will get a $10,000 grant for moving in and opening by May 15, 2022. Venture Richmond is partnering with the Metropolitan Business League (MBL) to help recruit existing small, women, and minority (SWaM) and immigrant-owned businesses to fill street-level vacancies in the area.
The new businesses will join many galleries, retailers, restaurants, and small businesses who already call Broad Street home, as well as businesses that attract thousands of out of town visitors annually like Quirk Hotel, Richmond Marriott, the Hilton Hotel, and the Convention Center. Gather, co-working space, has a location in the area. A popular neighborhood happening is RVA First Fridays Artwalk which is a monthly celebration of the arts and galleries along and around Broad St. This section of Broad Street is also a part of Richmond’s Arts District and adjacent to Jackson Ward, near the VCU Monroe Park Campus and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) to the west and City and State offices and VCU Health to the east.
THE CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Eligible once the business has moved into the space and opened for business by May 15, 2022.
- Verified 1-year minimum lease
- Lease street-level space on Broad Street between Belvidere and 5th streets
- New business to Downtown, not the relocation of an existing business in the General District/BID.
- Existing businesses in the General District, who want to open an additional location on Broad Street.
- Existing businesses located outside of the General District, who want to open another location/outpost on Broad Street.
- Types of qualifying businesses include retailers, restaurants, makers, entrepreneurs, startups, and other creative businesses.
- One $10,000 reimbursement grant per storefront, if a group of small businesses wanted to share space there would only be one grant available for the group.
- Only eligible once
- Availability based on first come first served
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR ASSISTANCE, CONTACT:
The Confusing Conundrums of COVID-19: Vaccines, Viruses, and Human Behavior – Virtual Lunch Discussion
The Science Museum of Virginia’s very own Life Scientist Dr. Catherine Franssen will be covering a variety of pandemic subjects.
The Science Museum of Virginia has a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn more about the maze of living in pandemic times.
Over the past two years, Dr. Catherine Franssen, Life Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia, has become well-known as a reliable resource for data driven information regarding the pandemic, neuroscience and much more. Dr. Franssen has helped the Science Museum cover many topics related to the pandemic, subjects ranging from serious statistics on the virus to even personal and helpful parenting tips during this difficult time.
Don’t miss this chance to engage an expert! Dr. Franssen will be presenting live, answering your questions, and discussing some of the most interesting facts we’ve learned so far, from virus science, vaccines, and even intriguing human behavioral patterns.
- What: “The Confusing Conundrums of COVID-19: Vaccines, Viruses, and Human Behavior,” presented by Catherine Franssen, Ph.D. Neurobiology from University of Chicago, Life Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia
- When: Wednesday, January 19, 12 – 12:45 p.m.
- Where: Zoom meeting in the comfort of your home
How to Attend
This digital Lunch Break Science is FREE to attend, but registration is required. Registration will be open until 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
You will be sent a link and password to access the talk at 11 a.m. on the day of the event.