Driver crashes into new GRTC Pulse stop

Published: Jun. 14, 2018 at 9:33 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Just days ahead of the GRTC Pulse launch, a crash happened at what will be one of the new stops on Broad Street.

The crash, which was reported around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, dented one of the railings at the stop. GRTC Pulse will begin on June 24.

There's currently no information on what caused the crash, which was at the stop at the Science Museum of Virginia, but GRTC says this should be a wake-up call for drivers.

"All users of the roadway, pay attention, because there are changes to lanes signals and markings," said Carrie Rose Pace with GRTC.

No one was injured in the crash, but it has caused some concern for safety. GRTC says there's no need to worry.

"The station is designed to provide safe shelter for passengers while they wait for their bus," said Pace.

GRTC says safety is a top priority for their passengers. Posts in the median are set to protect pedestrians waiting there.

"Underneath the overhang, where the steel canopy is, and the roof - that's where we want people waiting for the bus," said Pace.

The platform includes other safety features, like an emergency box that can put you in touch with 911 in seconds and a rumble strip to let you know when you are close to the edge.

While they put in the effort to keep riders safe, they say it's ultimately up to you to use the Pulse the right way.

Pedestrians should follow pedestrian guide lines. That is the safest way to use the station, which is designed to allow safe access into and out the median stations.

Also remember to be aware of new lanes and traffic signals when driving downtown.

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