In the spring of 2018, the GRTC Pulse line will begin running along portions of Broad Street and Main Street. The Pulse is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, which operates like light rail but at a fraction of the cost. It is rapid not because it runs at high speeds, but because it cuts out delays that slow down normal buses like traffic and frequent stops. Our Pulse line will have 14 stations, off-board fare collection, dedicated lanes, and frequent 10-15 minute service. The Richmond Transit Network Plan will work out the details of how the rest of the city’s bus network can flow more effectively and seamlessly with the Pulse.
We are also organizing and advocating for the Pulse to serve as our catalyst for a regional system, extending out to Short Pump to the west and the airport to the east—as well as up and down the Rt 1 corridor. The detailed vision of where this transit network could ultimately reach is laid out in the Richmond Regional Transit Vision Plan, set for release in the spring 2017. We know a regional transit system is crucial for connecting the metro area, driving economic growth, and making metro Richmond a more accessible and attractive place to live, work, and visit. We are dedicated to educating, organizing, and advocating for such a first-class rapid transit system. The Pulse is a first step toward such a system.