The Final Network was developed by our study team, including City staff, GRTC and our consulting transit experts (Jarrett Walker + Associates and Michael Baker International). The network is based on the policy direction from the public input received in the planning process so far, which is detailed in the Final Report (PDF) and summarized in blog posts (Phase 1,
Phase 2 and Phase 3). At the end of our process, we reviewed all comments and made a few changes (detailed
While the existing transit system has no truly frequent routes, the new network includes six, five new frequent routes plus the Pulse BRT. Four new frequent routes provide service through downtown, reducing the need for transfers. Routes 1, 2 and 3 all connect north/south, while Route 4 and the Pulse BRT provide east/west connections. A fifth high frequency route (Route 8) connects Fulton Bottom and Fulton Hill to the Pulse BRT at Orleans Station. The daytime network will run from 5am to 7pm weekdays and Saturdays.
An Orbital Line, Route 10 connects southside to the west end to the northside, without going through downtown. This makes key connections from residential areas north and south to job centers in the west end much easier for many people. Seamless BRT Connections: All high frequency routes make seamless connections to the Pulse BRT at key downtown stations. Key connections to BRT outside downtown include:
The evening and Sunday map applies to weekdays after 7pm and Sundays. At night and on Sundays, when the frequencies of all routes are lower, transfers made at random between a pair of routes will take longer. For this reason, the network will include a timed-transfer downtown, in which all buses arrive downtown at the same time, and sit together for a few minutes so that passengers can transfer among any two routes.
Route 7, though not shown on the map, would run from 7am to 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays but only within the City of Richmond. Routes 14, 15, 61, 62 and 65, though not shown, would run on Sundays from 7am to 7pm. See the Route Frequency and Spans of Service Table below for more detail on individual route frequency and spans.
The table below provide detail on the frequency of service (how often it comes each hour) and the span of service (when the service runs during the day) for weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The number of people with access to frequent transit would more than double with the Recommended Network compared to the Existing Network plus Pulse BRT. Twenty-five percent more jobs would be accessible by frequent transit with the Recommended Network compared to the Existing Network plus Pulse BRT. The new network maintains access to nearly all residents and to nearly all jobs that currently have access to transit. It dramatically increases the number of residents and employees who have access to frequent transit.
While most of the feedback we received was supportive, some residents voiced concerns about the draft proposed network.
The Richmond Transit Network Plan was completed on March 8, 2017. GRTC Transit System and the City are working together to implement the recommendations of the plan. Please see the GRTC website for the most up to date information on implementation. You can continue to connect with us on our Facebook page.