It has been an amazing year for public transit in Richmond! We are making unprecedented strides toward enhanced access and quality of life through public transit as people from faith communities, civic groups, businesses, non-profits, and local institutions have united behind the enormous promise of excellent public transportation. In the words of Rev. Ben Campbell, "metropolitan Richmond is a single step away from an explosion of culture and economy."
2016 saw construction begin on our first bus rapid transit line, the Pulse, and progress unfold on the Richmond Transit Network Plan, which is overhauling the city's bus lines so that they connect seamlessly with the Pulse and more effectively over all. Be sure to give feedback on the draft of the new bus network at one of the public meetings in January!
As we roll toward a significantly improved transit system in the city, the time has come to build upon these gains and share the benefits of quality transit more fully with the counties. The Richmond Regional Transit Vision Plan has set the pace on this front. The next step for 2017 is beginning feasibility studies for expanding bus rapid transit on major corridors across the region: running along Route 1 from Ashland to Petersburg, extending west on Route 250 to Short Pump and east on Route 60 to the airport; stretching down Route 60 to Midlothian and Route 360 to Woodlake and Brandermill.
We need your help to do this, your voice, your passion, your support. Please spread the word to others, sign up to speak to our local officials, and donate to keep RVA Rapid Transit charging forward as hard as ever. Your support is critical, allowing us to create steady updates, provide educational presentations, offer advocacy training, dive into day-to-day organizing, and keep abreast of the inner-workings of all things transit and local government.
Let's get these feasibility studies underway in 2017 and keep marching together toward a more prosperous, connected, and accessible Metro Richmond.
President of the Board
RVA Rapid Transit