GRTC holds public meeting on rapid transit project

GRTC holds public meeting on rapid transit project

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In a year's time construction will begin and "GRTC Pulse" will start to become a reality.

"Bus rapid transit is like light-rail on wheels," Dominic Carter said.

Dominic Carter is one of the many people working to make GRTC Pulse happen in Richmond and Henrico, perhaps even further. He says the faster service will be beneficial to those needing a quick ride to and from work.

"With the dedicated lanes, the dedicated stations, the capacity to extend green lights is going to make it a much better system," Carter said.

A system that is expected to cost more than $50 million and take about two years to complete. The 7-mile route will go from Willow Lawn to Rocketts Landing, cutting through the heart of downtown Richmond.

But it's that two years that have business owners concerned.

"Most of the business down here wouldn't be able to survive a one and half to two year construction period," Tricia Bryant said.

Bryant lives in the Fan and is a member of the association board. She says bus rapid transit is a waste of money and will pose problems for area business by cutting out parking spaces.

"It is solving a problem that we don't have. It is ill thought out, and there is no parking at either end," Bryant said.

The project will eliminate about 300 spaces in downtown Richmond, including all street parking between 4th and 14th streets.

Dominic Carter says those with concerns about the project should keep coming to public forums, so that everyone can work together for the best resolution.

"I would say get involved, because you need to let your voice be heard," Carter said.

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