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RVA Transit Week, September 16–22

The week of September 16th, we're celebrating Virginia's Try Transit Week, by hosting our own RVA Transit Week! We've got a weeks' worth of transit-oriented things lined up to celebrate the transit progress the Richmond region has made over the last year and to encourage you to get on the bus and ride (if, somehow, you aren't already a regular rider).

Below you'll find a list of our planned events as well as a few suggested bus trips—you know, just for fun. Check back as we add more destinations, a few more details, and a surprise or two.

Don't forget to enter to win free transit service for a year over on the Try Transit Week website, and, if you need helping finding your way around town by bus, download the excellent Transit app.


Bus to Work Day

Monday, September 16th

Ride the bus to work and tell us about your commute either by shooting us an email (info@rvarapidtransit.org or @'ing us on Twitter (@rvarapidtransit.org). Bonus points for bus selfies. The bus takes a lot of people to a lot of places, but trips to work are one of the most important (and most common) uses of the bus in Richmond. If you already take the bus, grab a friend and get them on board, too.

Brown-bag lunch at the Observation Deck

Tuesday, September 17th, 12:00 PM

Bring your lunch to the City Hall (900 E. Broad Street) and head up to the Observation Deck to hangout, eat, and watch the Pulse go by down below. For more details, contact Ross Catrow (ross@rvarapidtransit.org).

How to get there: The Pulse, #1, #5, #7.

Gulak Lecture

Wednesday, September 18th, 7:00 PM

Every year, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs brings experts in planning, architecture, or urban design to VCU to deliver the annual Morton B. Gulak Lecture in Urban and Regional Planning. This year they’ll welcome Gary Hack who will talk about “The New Mobility and the Sustainable City.” The lecture will take place at 7:00 PM in the University Student Commons Commonwealth Ballroom (907 Floyd Avenue). It is free and open to the public, but make sure you get there early to snag a seat.

How to get there: The Pulse, #5, #78

Scooter Symposium + Social

Thursday, September 19th, 5:00–7:00 PM

Come hangout at Basic City Beer Co. (212 W. 6th Street) for a discussion about Richmond’s newest form of transportation—dockless scooters. We’ll discuss permitting, transportation connectivity, and opportunities/challenges with a panel featuring Lynne Lancaster (Richmond Department of Public Works), Mike Bullard (Bolt Mobility), and Wyatt Gordon (Greater Greater Washington). Please RSVP over on the Eventbrite. For more details, contact Gina DiCicco (diciccgc@gmail.com).

How to get there: Scooter (duh), #1, #87.

PARKing Day

Friday, September 20th

PARKing day is an annual celebration of public space in which people turn parking spaces into temporary public parks. It’s really neat, and the folks at Venture Richmond have plans to host the biggest, baddest PARKing Day Richmond has ever seen. We could all benefit from converting a few parking spaces to places for humans to hang out—especially humans waiting for the bus. Check out a Google Map of all the PARKing Day locations, and make sure to check out the four temporary parks right at the Arts District Pulse Station.

Isaiah Project bus stop clean up

Sunday, September 22nd

Join a group of folks from the Isaiah Project to spend an hour or two on Sunday making bus stops a clean place to wait for your ride home. For more details, contact Nelson Reveley (nmerva@gmail.com).