Draft Recommended Network

The Draft Recommended 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 given by the City. The basis for that policy direction was the public input received in the planning process so far, which is detailed in the Draft Report (print quality PDF or smaller PDF) and summarized on our blog.

What's are key features of the new network?

Key Benefits Graphic 

What do you think?

The official comment period on the draft plan is now closed and we are reviewing comments to make changes to the draft plan.

You can explore details below and more on how the new network compares to today's transit system at our Compare page.

We welcome your questions and thoughts and you can continue to connect with us on our Contact Us page, our Facebook page and via Twitter (@RichmondTNP).

Daytime Network

The existing transit system has no truly frequent routes. The new network includes five, 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 5) connects Shockoe Bottom, Church Hill, Oakwood, Fairfield and Creighton to downtown.

The daytime network will run from 5am to 7pm weekdays and Saturdays.

Detailed Maps in PDF Format
Citywide Map
Downtown
Northside
East End
Southside
West End

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

  • Route 8a/b for Fulton at Orleans Street
  • Route 5 for Church Hill and Oakwood at 24th Street
  • Route 9 for VUU and the Hermitage Corridor at the VCU/VUU station
  • Route 10 to/from southside and northside at Robinson Street and Cleveland Street
  • Routes 61 and 62 to Patterson and Grove Avenues at Robinson Street and Willow Lawn.

 

 

Downtown Detail

 

​​Evenings and Sunday Network

Night and Sunday Map 

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.

Citywide Night Map in PDF Format

Downtown Night Map in PDF Format

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.

Frequency and Spans of Service Chart 

Coverage and Access

Coverage and Access Charts 

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.

Compare

How does the Recommended Network compare to the Existing? The true measure of the value of transit is where it can take you and how fast. Isochrone maps illustrate the distance a passenger can travel, using a combination of walking and transit, in 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes. The examples below show the travel times of the existing system the new network from City Hall. Check your access and make your own map on our Compare page.

Existing Network: Travel Time to/from City Hall

 

Recommended Network: Travel Time to/from City Hall