NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Bus rapid transit comes to Richmond

NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Bus rapid transit comes to Richmond

By: Kym Grinnage email

As the city of Richmond and the Richmond region continue to grow, the need to better connect the county to the city and the need to efficiently move people around the city corridor continues to be a priority.

The Richmond region took the first step in making that happen as the City Council voted 7-1 Monday night to approve GRTC's $49 million Bus Rapid Transit project. This is a partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and VDOT.

GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit is an important first step for Richmond as the need for driving less cars, connecting people with jobs and connecting people with venues around the region is greatly needed in order for Richmond to remain competitive with other modern cities of our size.

This project will connect Rocketts Landing in Richmond with Willow Lawn in Henrico County along Broad Street. If this project is successful, Richmond could see other county and city partnerships. The project is scheduled to begin this April and be completed in October of 2017.

A region as progressive as Richmond must provide options for transportation. This is a BIG first step!

For more information about GRTC Pulse go to: ridegrtc.com/brt

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