RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Greater Richmond Transit Company is modifying its bus schedules to prioritize service on busier routes.
The updates go into effect on Jan. 31 and will have fewer daily trips on several routes.
Routes 4A, 4B, 50 and 77 will have fewer trips:
- Montrose (4A) and Darbytown (4B): Service will run every 30 minutes during peak, and 60 minutes off-peak and on weekends.
- Broad Street (50): Route frequency is slightly adjusted to every 40 minutes.
- Grove (77): Route frequency is slightly adjusted to every 40 minutes.
Express service will remain on COVID-reduced schedules. Route 39 and the Express Route 28 in White Oak Village remain canceled until further notice.
“With the current surge of COVID cases in the Greater Richmond area, the corresponding surge among transit employees, and the potential of more contagious variants of the virus spreading throughout the country, GRTC is bracing for higher rates of employee absenteeism and associated quarantine measures,” said Julie Trimm, GRTC chief executive officer. “Scheduling staff is diligently working to balance required service with staff availability to minimize the current unreliability of our schedules. However, until we can effectively vaccinate our frontline staff and our essential operations and maintenance staff, COVID will continue to cause increasingly significant mobility disruptions for our region’s essential workforce and our economy.”
According to GRTC, some staff members are currently eligible for the vaccine and have independently received their first dose from local hospitals. All of the company’s staff will be eligible for the vaccine starting Jan. 31.
As a reminder, only essential trips are offered on GRTC and face covering are required. Extended rides are prohibited.
For a complete GRTC schedule, visit this link.
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