GRTC Pulse

GRTC Pulse: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation - DRPT and Virginia Department of Transportation - VDOT), the City of Richmond and Henrico County, GRTC and the Project Team continue activities for the GRTC Pulse Project.  GRTC Pulse is a modern, high quality, high capacity rapid transit system that will serve a 7.6-mile route along Broad Street and Main Street, from Rocketts Landing in the City of Richmond to Willow Lawn in Henrico County. GRTC Pulse is jointly sponsored by Bon Secours Richmond Health System and VCU Health System. The Pulse will link to many exciting destinations, businesses, services and restaurants when service begins Sunday, June 24, 2018.

There are more than thirty Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in various stages of planning and operation in the United States.  Other BRT systems in the U.S. have seen increases in ridership over existing services, increased investment along the corridor that takes advantage of the enhanced accessibility and reduced dependence on automobiles, particularly within urban settings.  This can lead to more residential and retail development, especially within the station areas that provide immediate access to the service.

The GRTC Pulse Project adheres to the following basic principles and goals of design, which were created in collaboration with the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC):

  • Safety and use for all
  • Conservation of parking on Broad Street
  • North-South connectivity and access (including for pedestrians and bikes)
  • Adequate median and lane widths (these are the tools to meet the previous three criteria)

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If you need additional help, call GRTC's Customer Service Center at (804) 358-GRTC.

For Pulse construction assistance, call the Pulse Hotline (804) 980-0084.