A transit system for metro Richmond
What is the long-term vision for transit in Greater Richmond?
The Greater RVA Transit Vision Plan was developed to address this very question. This study used current transit and demographic data, land use data and plans, transit and population forecasts, public opinion surveys, and stakeholder input to create a vision for transit development in the region through 2040.
Having this plan is excellent and problematic all at once. It is excellent because it is an officially and regionally approved by our own Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization! Yet it is problematic because 2040 is a generation away! And presently Richmond ranks 92nd out of 100 top metro areas in terms of transit access. The benefits of regional transit are needed now.
Providing frequent public transit along the major corridors in our region as laid out in the Vision Plan would transform our metro area into a top-ten city for public transit.
That kind of connectivity would enhance mobility, drive economic growth, and position metro Richmond as a vastly more accessible, equitable, and attractive place for people to live, work, play, and visit. As Rev. Ben Campbell highlights, “The real question is whether now, having seen this, can we make it effective?... Once you put these major lines in, everyone can relate to them and everyone can get to them. There’s just this immense opportunity." ("Transit vision plan is an 'immense opportunity' for Richmond region, advocate says" Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec 16, 2016).
It's time for us to join together in this common constructive cause!
Ongoing: Advocate, educate, and organize towards a truly regional public transportation system.
Ongoing: Reduce the state-level thresholds preventing the Richmond region from levying a sales tax to pay for, in part, a regional public transportation system.
Regional transit wins
2018: GRTC now publishes their scheduling data on their website. This allows for popular 3rd part apps, like Google Maps and Apple Maps, to display GRTC route and direction information.
2016: Approval and publication of the Greater RVA Transit Vision Plan.