All about the new GRTC Routes and Pulse Line—
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About 3 or 4 years ago John and I attended a meeting held by Partnership for Smarter Growth at Main Street Station, to present this idea of a new, dedicated bus line to speed up travel from Willow Lawn to Rockett's Landing and the general area. It is so exciting to see this vision become reality, and I cannot wait to ride the new bus lines!
This is part of more effient public transit going on in 34 other cities all over the United States.
The Bus Rapid Transit project, or Pulse Line, is that part of the new schedule and stops that will speed up bus transit up and down the Broad Street/Main Street Corridor with new stops and routes, and more frequent pick-ups and drop-offs.
It will run from Willow Lawn to Rocketts Landing, with stop lights coordinated for speed of travel and safe exit of riders as they leave the stops.
The GRTC new transit system will begin officially on June 24, 2018. You can check out schedules and play 'what if'--What if you get on the bus at Willow Lawn and go to the VMFA? Or the ICA? Or from the ICA to the VMFA? Could you use the bus line to move around on First Friday (and wouldn't that be heavenly?)
There are also itinerary planners, for a day trip of going around Richmond.
A one stop ticket is $1.50, but there are so many 'deals'. Stop plus One (using two busses to get to your location) is $1.75. There are unlimited stops for 1, 7, or 30 days; special pricing for senior citizens, students, disabled riders, etc.
I think I'm going to purchase a 30-day unlimited pass just to see how much I can see! Also, the passes have partnerships with many restaurants and businesses to give discounts (like admission to the Science Museum is FREE!)
Play 'What if'...How could you get from the VMFA to the ICA? How long would it take to go from Willow Lawn or Staples Mill Road to Capitol Square? How could you use GRTC to go around for First Friday?