In the year 2000, NYC buses traveled on average at 7.8 miles per hour. Since then, speeds have steadily slowed; today, buses travel on average 7.4 miles per hour. In areas like Midtown Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, and Jamaica, Queens, buses are consistently slower than that, often averaging speeds of less than 4 miles per hour.
Richmond's buses aren't that slow, but locked away in their low speeds lies a ton of efficiency just waiting to be used in interesting ways across the entire system. By decreasing the number of stops (currently most GRTC lines have stops on every block) we can speed boost the buses to 14 miles per hour. This lets us use that extra bus-time for other stuff: Either increasing frequency on the busiest lines (that's a ridership-increasing goal) or sending more buses to more places around town (that's a coverage-increasing goal).
The Richmond Transit Network Plan is looking into these very questions as we speak, and they want your feedback. You can stop by any of the upcoming public meetings (dates below) or take this online survey. Go on! Help design the future of Richmond's transit network!
- July 26th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM • Southside Community Services Center (4100 Hull Street)
- July 27th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM • DMV Richmond Central Services Center (2300 West Broad Street)
- August 3rd, 6:00 - 8:00 PM • Powhatan Community Center (5051 Northampton Street)
- August 4th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM • Community High School (201 Brookland Park Boulevard)
- August 8th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM • Fairfield Court Boys and Girls Club (2506 Phaup Street)
- August 9th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM • Hillside Court Community Center (1500 Harwood Street)
- August 10th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM • Mosby Court Community Center (1543 Coalter Street)
- August 24th, 6:00 - 8:00 PM • Calhoun Community Center (436 Calhoun Street)