At their two-day retreat this past weekend, the majority of Henrico County supervisors said they'd like to expand bus service to Short Pump, and they'd like to do it as soon as possible. Supervisors Lynch, Nelson, and Thornton all called on the Board to find the money to extend the #19 bus further west, and, not only that, but County Manager John Vithoulkas said staff would prepare a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes service to Short Pump. Supervisor Branin suggested a more incremental approach, and Supervisor O'Bannon "wondered if a private company could partner with Henrico to expand its bus service."
I agree with Supervisor Nelson: Extending one bus line a few miles is not an opportunity for incrementalism—getting folks to the job-rich areas in the western part of Henrico County is a "2018 need." And the region already has an excellent transit partner in GRTC, so there's no need to create a confusing set of multiple systems.
If you're a Henrico resident, please take a moment to contact your Supervisor and tell them you support bringing bus service to Short Pump as soon as possible!
- Tyrone Nelson; Varina
- Thomas Branin; Three Chopt
- Pat O'Bannon; Tuckahoe
- Frank Thornton; Fairfield
- Courtney Lynch; Brookland
AROUND THE REGION
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