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Richmond Connects Near-Term Action Plan aims to enhance equitable transportation across city

The plan’s drafting phase has identified key recommendations for each area of the city, with a focus on ensuring equal access to transportation options. The public is invited to participate by sharing their opinions on the proposed recommendations via a survey before August 20th.

Trevor Dickerson

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Richmond Connects has unveiled its “Richmond Connects Near-Term Action Plan,” a comprehensive strategy aimed at making transportation more equitable within the city. The plan outlines a series of projects to address transportation disparities and improve accessibility for all residents. Over the next 5 to 10 years, the city will seek funding to implement these initiatives.

The plan’s drafting phase has identified key recommendations for each area of the city, with a focus on ensuring equal access to transportation options. The public is invited to participate by sharing their opinions on the proposed recommendations via a survey before August 20th. You can zero in on your area of town and take the survey here.

The recommendations are the result of meticulous analysis, incorporating inputs from existing plans, previous studies, public feedback, and fresh project concepts. The chosen recommendations are those deemed most effective in meeting equity-based transportation needs.

It’s important to note that while some project ideas were not included in the initial selection, the city has compiled all ideas into a comprehensive dataset. This dataset will serve as a valuable resource for future endeavors and will also contribute to the development of the Long-Term Scenario Plan.

The needs identification phase of the plan has been completed. Through a combination of data-driven analysis and public engagement efforts, Richmond Connects has pinpointed the most pressing transportation needs in the city. With over 5,000 survey responses, focus group insights, and discussions with residents, these needs have been thoroughly documented and categorized by area.

Several key themes emerged from this needs identification process:

  1. Pedestrian Needs: Many streets lack sidewalks or have broken ones, causing safety concerns for pedestrians. Improvements are needed at intersections and along specific roads. Certain areas, like Southside, have fewer sidewalks and limited walkable destinations.
  2. Bicycle Needs: Existing bike lanes require enhanced protection, while many streets lack suitable biking facilities. Connectivity issues between bike lanes and trails have also been identified.
  3. Transit Needs: The current bus service is often unreliable, involves excessive transfers, and doesn’t adequately cover certain areas. Bus stops lack amenities and may not provide a sense of security. Some regions have low-density land use, making transit options less viable.
  4. Maintenance Needs: Issues like potholes, deteriorating pavement conditions, and broken sidewalks have been highlighted on specific roads, calling for urgent attention.

As the plan progresses, the focus shifts to identifying specific projects that address Richmond’s transportation needs. These projects are currently at various stages of development and will be further refined based on public input and prior initiatives.

The final phase of the Near-Term Action Plan will involve prioritizing projects. This step will entail an inclusive public engagement effort aimed at elevating projects that enhance equity by providing better access to opportunities and reducing barriers for those facing burdens and injustices.

Richmond Connects’ Near-Term Action Plan showcases the city’s commitment to fostering a more equitable transportation system. With the input of residents, it has the potential to create meaningful change that benefits all members of the community.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.