Free Rapid Transit Rides

Free Rides Week June 24-30 on GRTC's new Pulse rapid transit

June 22, 2018 - 4:41 pm

RICHMOND, VA (June 1, 2018) – Here are some tips for City of Richmond residents, workers,
employers and visitors as the June 24 date for The Great Richmond Reroute approaches:

1.  Check out the Greater Richmond Transit Company’s website, There
you’ll find a wealth of information in the form of maps, tips, videos, and other resources to help
you adapt to the coming changes in the bus routes.

2.  ALL bus routes are changing. Buses will run on entirely new routes and operate on different
schedules. Routes will have different stops and be identified by name and number. You’ll still
be able to get from Point A to Point B as you used to, but everything else about how you do it
likely will be different. Now is the time to schedule time with a GRTC “Travel Buddy,” who will be
glad to help you identify your route and take you on a test drive of that route, in both directions,
so you’re completely familiar with it, in advance. You can schedule a Travel Buddy at (804) 358-GRTC.

3.  The new Pulse Bus Rapid Transit system will run down Broad Street and Main Street from
Willow Lawn to Rocketts Landing. If you’re a car commuter, as you drive down Broad and Main
streets in the days leading up to the June 24 launch, begin familiarizing yourself with the new
bus-only lanes and where they are, and the safety and identifying signage that is being installed.
See for detailed information on the Pulse’s
route and how the dedicated lanes and mixed traffic lanes will work.

4.  Some bus stops are in different places than they were under the old route system. Learn where
your new bus stops are located, and experiment in advance with how long it takes you to get
from your home to your departure bus stop, and from your arrival bus stop to your ultimate

5.  Use the new route comparison tool to look at your current route
and compare it to your route on the new system.

6.  If you ride the bus to your job, prepare now. Learn your new route. Allow extra commute time
when you first use the new system. Discuss your work schedule and start time with your
employer if necessary. Be prepared.

7.  If you are a business owner or a human resources manager, talk with employees who use the
bus to get to work to make sure they are aware of the new routes and schedules.

8.  Bike commuters have three options for biking and riding the Pulse: Load your own bike onto the
Pulse, park your bike at a Pulse station, or borrow an RVA Bike Share bike, with bike rental
areas conveniently located near several Pulse stations. See in advance for
specific additional information.

9.  Plan to take advantage of Free Rides Week, to be offered the week the Pulse and the new bus
routes take effect (June 24-30). Free Rides Week is an excellent, no-cost, low-stress way to
sample the new Pulse service and the new routes, which will give you an up-close-and-personal
look at how the new service can work for you.

10. If you don’t usually ride the bus, consider giving the new system a try. Perhaps you could
experiment with the Pulse to get you from Point A to Point B on Broad Street, or try one of the
new bus routes. You don’t have to use transit every day to reap some of the convenience and
environmental benefits of riding the bus.