Familiar Concept | High Coverage Concept | High Ridership Concept

Spectrum of Choices for Richmond's Transit Network

The triangle visualizes the decision space available in the spectrum of choices for Richmond’s Transit Network. Each Concept frames an extreme end of the spectrum. Therefore the public, elected officials and Stakeholders can clearly visualize how different goals result in different network designs. All concepts are just that, concepts. They are not proposals or recommendations. After getting input from the public, stakeholders and elected officials, the study team will then develop a proposal for a new network.

What's common to each concept?

All can be run within the expected 2017-2018 budget for bus operations in the city.

All have been planned for seamless connections to the Pulse BRT.

All run on clock face scheduling principles. All bus routes run on standard 15, 20, 30 or 60 minute frequencies. This means a rider can remember a schedule easily because the bus will always come at standard intervals.

 

What's different?

The High Ridership and High Coverage Concepts both assume that buses run 20% faster than they do today. This means more budget can be spent running more service, instead of running slower service. But it would require changing the spacing of GRTC bus stops. Instead of a stop every one block, there would be a stop every three blocks.

What do you think?

We want you to take time to think about these choices. You can explore more about these options on our Compare page. We will have a complete online survey available in mid-July. In the meantime, you can let us know what you think by providing comments through the Contact Us page, our Facebook page and via Twitter (@richmondtnp).

Familiar Concept

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​Very similar to the existing system.

Shorter walks to bus service along more streets.

Those with mobility issues will find it easier to access service, because routes and stops will be closer to more people.

50% of dollars are spent on spreading service along more miles of road with less frequency to reach lower density areas.

50% of dollars are spent on major corridors with higher frequencies to capture riders.

Citywide Map in PDF format

Downtown Detail in PDF Format

​People still have long waits before a bus will arrive on most routes.

Since waits will still be long on most routes, fewer people will find service useful and fewer will ride compared to the High Ridership Concept.

This concept assumes that current stop spacing of about every block remains as it is today. Therefore GRTC buses would travel slower than the High Ridership or High Coverage Concept. 

As a result, the budget doesn't go as far, because the City is spending budget running buses more slowly instead of more frequently.

 

​​High Coverage Concept

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Service is spread out to reach more people and provide shorter walks to bus service along more streets.

Those with mobility issues will find it easier to access service, because routes will be closer to more people.

50% of dollars are spent on spreading service along more miles of road with less frequency to reach lower density areas.

50% of dollars are spent on major corridors with higher frequencies to capture riders.

Citywide Map in PDF Format

Downtown Detail in PDF Format

​People still have long waits before a bus will arrive on most routes.

Since waits will still be long on most routes, fewer people will find service useful and fewer will ride compared to the High Ridership Concept.

This concept assumes that GRTC buses can run about 20% faster.

To run 20% faster would require thinning-out stops, so that instead of a stop at every block there would be stops at every third block.

​​High Ridership Concept

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Frequent bus service is concentrated along the major corridors with the highest density of people and jobs.

Most people’s trips will be faster, because they spend so much less time waiting.

No more trip planning with frequent services: you go whenever you want because the bus is always coming.

Where red lines (high frequency routes) cross, people can go in any direction with a quick transfer (7.5 minutes on average).

80% of dollars are spent on more frequent routes that will attract high ridership.

20% of dollars are spent on spreading service along more miles of road with less frequency so that the smaller numbers of people there have some lifeline access to service.

Citywide Map in PDF Format

Downtown Detail in PDF Format

​People generally must walk further to get to a route or stop than they do today.

The lowest-density areas have little or no service in this concept.

This concept assumes that GRTC buses can run about 20% faster.

To run 20% faster would require thinning-out stops, so that instead of a stop at every block there would be stops at every third block.

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