Q: What is the Richmond Transit Network Plan?
A: The Richmond Transit Network Plan is a planning study that began in January 2016 to analyze the current GRTC Transit System bus network in the city and reconsider the design of the bus routes in the context of a changing city and the new Pulse BRT.
The plan considers how to connect local routes to BRT to ensure Richmond has a fully-integrated transit network that unites the city. The City has sought stakeholder and public input through our public and community meetings and surveys in the spring, summer and fall of 2016. This input has helped the study team understand how the community wants to balance key trade-offs in transit design and how the City should best meet the needs and preferences of the community to develop a blueprint for the City's transit system.
Q: What is the Draft Recommended Network?
A: The Draft Recommended Network is the first major set of recommendations from the planning process. The Recommended Network outlines a whole new design for the city's bus network that shifts the balance of service toward more high-frequency routes in busy and dense places and less low frequency service in lower density places. The new network is designed to cost the same as today's bus network on an annual operating basis. See our New Network Page to learn more about the Recommended Network.
Q: Does this mean my bus route might change?
A: Perhaps. The Draft Recommended Network shows how the new network would connect and operate. There are changes in where routes go and how they connect across the city. Most areas that have a GRTC route today, still have service in the Draft Recommended Network, but the frequency of service, the span of service and the exact routing of that service may be different.
The Final Recommended Network may be a little different than the draft, depending on feedback from the public and stakeholders.
Q: When is the next public meeting?
A: We held 10 public meetings around the community in January and February to solicit feedback on the draft plan. The offficial comment period on the draft plan is now closed and we are revising the draft recommendations based on comments recieved.
GRTC will hold a series of public meetings starting in March to present the new bus network. Content of these meetings is identical, but will be customized for each City District's routes. The presentation begins at the meeting start time, unless otherwise noted. Please plan to attend the meeting most convenient for your schedule. The meetings are:
Wednesday, March 8th, 6-8pm, Southside Community Service Center. (8th District)
Thursday, March 9th, 6-7:30PM, Goodwill, 6301 Midlothian Turnpike. (9th District)
Friday, March 10th, 10AM-2PM (presentation at 11AM), Senior Informational Fair, Robinson Theatre, 2603 Q Street. (7th District)
Saturday, March 11th, Noon-2PM, Main Library, 101 E Franklin St. (6th District)
Wednesday, March 15th, 6-8PM, Byrd Park Round House. (5th District)
Thursday, March 16th, 6-8PM, Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church in "The Commons Room," 3700 Midlothian Turnpike. (5th District)
Saturday, March 18th, Noon-2PM, Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Ave. (6th District)
Monday, March 20th, 6-8PM, Huguenot High Community Center, 7945 Forest Hill Ave. (4th District)
Tuesday, March 21st, 6-7:30PM, Creighton Court Recreation Center, 2101 Creighton Road. (7th District)
Wednesday, March 22nd, 5:30PM-7PM, United Methodist Family Services Meeting Room, 3700 W Broad Street. (1st & 2nd Districts)
Thursday, March 23rd, 6-8PM, Pine Camp Cultural Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Rd. (3rd District)
Tuesday, March 28th, 6-8PM, Hotchkiss Community Center, 701 E. Brookland Park Boulevard. (6th District)
Wednesday, March 29th, 6-7:30PM, Fairfield Court Recreation Center, 2506 Phaup Street. (7th District)
Thursday, March 30th, 6-8PM, Powhatan Community Center, 5051 Northampton St. (7th District)
For more information, see http://www.ridegrtc.com/news-initiatives/news-updates/march-public-meetings-your-new-grtc-transit-system
Q: How does the Recommended Network affect me and my neighborhood?
A: You can see how much of the city you could access with the existing system and with the Recommended Network using our interactive online map.
Q: Why are you running service on my street instead of another street?
A: The study team has carefully considered where to run bus routes based our key design principles: directness, through routing, consistent route spacing and clockface headways. For more information on these principles, please see our Report.
We have also carefully considered the location of major activity centers, high density corridors, low income and minority populations, existing bus routes, existing high ridership areas, Pulse BRT stations and many other factors in deciding how to design the Draft Recommended Network. Many technical staff participated in developing the Recommended Network including City planning and transportation staff; planning, scheduling and operations staff from GRTC; and transit planning and network design experts from our consulting team of Jarrett Walker + Associates and Michael Baker International.
If you have a specific question about a specific street, please contact our study team using the Contact Us page.
Q: What is the stakeholder committee and who has been a part of the committee?
A: The stakeholder committee included members from many community organizations across the city, including the RRHA Board, Southern Environmental Law Center, Partnership for Smarter Growth, RVA Rapid Transit, Coalition for Smarter Transit, League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, NAACP Richmond Branch, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Neighborhood Association, Shockoe Slip Merchants Association, West Grace Street Association and many others. The stakeholder committee met in April to discuss values and priorities which helped shape the creation of network concepts.
Q: Will the Draft Plan add more bus service?
A: The Richmond Transit Network plan is cost-neutral and works within the existing budget to re-allocate bus service in line with the policy direction developed at the end of Phase 2. With a larger budget the system could expand to serve more areas or increase frequency. The Report on the Draft Recommended Network (Print Quality PDF, Smaller File Size PDF) includes recommendations for where to invest additional funding in both ridership-focused service and coverage-focused service. If you wish to recommend a specific service addition, please include that in your response to the our survey.
Q: How can I learn more about this plan and give feedback?
A: The official comment period on the draft recommended network is now closed. You can continue to use our contact us form on this website, our Facebook page and our Twitter (@RichmondTNP) to get in touch, ask questions and interact with us and the community to discuss the draft plan.