Despite the need, Route 1 in Chesterfield County currently lacks any form of public transportation. Residents living along the corridor often have no access to education, job training, employment, medical care, or healthy food.
RVA Rapid Transit is advocating for the County to work with GRTC to provide an hourly, local-service bus route from the City limits to John Tyler seven days a week.
If you support bringing public transit to Chesterfield County and Route 1 specifically, we encourage you to contact your representative of the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors using the button below:
Related plans & proposals
The Northern Jefferson Davis Special Area Plan
The County has nearly completed the Northern Jefferson Davis Special Area Plan. This plan will guide future development, land use, pedestrian and bicycle amenities, street design, and transportation along the corridor. You can download the plan here.
The plan recognizes that the Regional Transit Vision Plan recommends high-frequency service from downtown Richmond to John Tyler, but "because the Vision Plan makes recommendations for the year 2040, county staff is working with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to determine what types of service, if any, could be successfully imeplemented in the next 1-5 years" (p. 111).
RVA Rapid Transit believes that the County can and should work with GRTC to provide hourly, local-service from the City limits to John Tyler seven days a week. This could be successfully implemented immediately.
Supervisor Holland's proposal
Chesterfield Supervisor Jim Holland also has a proposal to bring public transit to the Route 1 corridor. His proposed route would run down Route 1 to Route 10, then west along Route 10 to the Chesterfield Government Center. This proposed route would run through Chesterfield's Bermuda and Dale districts, represented by Supervisors Jaeckle and Supervisor Holland, respectively.
This proposal also has the support of the Chesterfield Sheriff Karl Leonard, who says the cost of incarcerating people for driving on a suspended or revoked license or driving without a license ($5.6 million over two years) dwarfs the estimated cost of bringing public transit into Chesterfield County.
When asked about Supervisor Holland's proposal, Supervisor Jaeckle said there isn't sufficient residential or commercial density to support the route.
If you'd like to reach out to your Board of Supervisor member and let them know your thoughts on bringing public transit to Route 1, you can do so easily by clicking the button below: