#AskNicholas: Transit and the Amazon HQ2 RFP

Question: Amazon has made transit a critical part of the HQ2 RFP process. Do you expect this to become a trend?

Nicholas: I think it's already a trend! More and more, businesses are locating near transit: we've seen this just up the road in the DC area, with businesses requiring office space near a metro station and Tysons seeing huge development. Though not everyone will want to use transit, many people do, and while predicting this with 100% certainty is impossible, I expect this trend will only increase. Businesses are on board in the Richmond region (CoStar and Owens & Minor, for example), and the city of Richmond is seeing more people move to it than any of the region's counties—and transit is certainly a factor.