About us

RVA Rapid Transit is a group of citizens, dedicated to a unified vision of transit in Metro Richmond.

Over 1.2 million people live, work, learn, and play in Metro Richmond. While our headcount makes us the 44th largest metro area in the United States, our public transportation system ranks 92nd of the top 100 metros. 

Formed in 2013, RVA Rapid Transit is an organization made up of citizens like you. We see the need for a metro area rapid transit system and are dedicated to sharing a common vision, organizing advocacy, and providing community input into rapid transit projects to fully seize the opportunity in the region. Contact us at info@rvarapidtransit.org, or join our email list for regular updates and alerts.

Our Mission

RVA Rapid Transit's mission is to connect all people of the Richmond region as we educate, organize, and advocate for the design, construction, and operation of a first-class metro-area rapid transit system. 

Our Vision

Based on multiple studies of development and use of Metro Richmond, our vision consists of four main BRT lines traversing the four highest traffic corridors of the area. Learn more about BRT here!

These four lines, with local service feeders and local service connectors, can transform our metro area into a top-ten city for public transit, a chance that brings with it a great deal of economic growth and positions Metro Richmond as a major competitive market for the next century. 

Our Staff

Full-time staff/organizer — Ross Catrow, ross@rvarapidtransit.org

Our Board

Benjamin Campbell – Co-founder of Richmond Hill (ecumenical center focused on healing for Richmond, specifically around issues of education, transportation, and racial reconciliation), Pastoral Associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and member of Mayor’s Anti-poverty Commission (Richmond, VA).

Dominic Carter, Vice President – Minister at Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries and Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling student at Liberty University.

Lisa Guthrie – Executive Director at Virginia Transit Association and Principal at L.M. Guthrie & Associates, LLC.

Alex Guzman – Director of Fair Housing at HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) of Virginia and Masters of Public Administration candidate at Virginia Tech.

Suzanne Hall – Director of Stewardship and Development at St. James Episcopal Church and retired Communications and Marketing Director at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Mike Harton – Retired professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dean at Baptist Theological Seminary Richmond, and current small group leader at Richmond’s First Baptist Church.

Sheryl Johnson, Treasurer – Southern Baptist Minister and Volunteer Police Chaplain with Henrico County.

Tarvaris McCoy – Executive Director at Zoe House, LLC, and Principal at The Real McCoy Companies (community development).

Luis Parrales – Junior at University of Richmond, Bonner Scholar and Double Major English and Political Science.

Danny Plaugher – Executive Director at Virginians for High Speed Rail.

Everett Reveley, Secretary – Vice President at Davenport & Company.

Nelson Reveley, President – Doctoral Candidate in Religious Studies at University of Virginia and Parish Associate at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Joy Shaw – Process Management Banking Consultant.

Nicholas Smith – Transit Advocate, researcher, organizer, and former election manager.

What We've Achieved

  • Compiled a research-based vision for rapid transit in Metro Richmond
  • Formed a citizens' group dedicated to advocating for that vision
  • Sent presenters to organizations and groups around the metro area to share the vision and gather community feedback
  • Built out a group of over a 1,800 supporters
  • Presented to municipal governments on a collaborative regional vision
  • Organized transit-related events in Metro Richmond
  • Conveyed community input to planners and officials working on rapid transit projects