Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

GRTC Pulse - Bus Rapid Transit

Bus rapid transit systems provide frequent, reliable travel that allows a greater movement of people along a corridor without depending solely on cars and parking.

DRPT has been collaborating for over seven years with GRTC, the City of Richmond and Henrico County to bring the realization of bus rapid transit to Richmond.  With DRPT’s support and encouragement, GRTC submitted a request for federal funding to advance the project.  In September 2014, GRTC was awarded a $24.9 million federal TIGER grant towards construction of Richmond's bus rapid transit system. 

The project, named GRTC Pulse, will run 7.6 miles on Broad Street between Willow Lawn in Henrico County and Rocketts Landing in Richmond. There will be 14 stations and over three miles of dedicated travel lanes. 

In the summer of 2015, our sister agency, VDOT, came aboard to act in the role of project management.  DRPT continues in its role of providing project oversight, and as a significant funding partner to the project.

Station names were announced in July 2016, and include the Science Museum, VCU Monroe Park, Arts District, VCU Hospital, Main Street Station and Shockoe Bottom. 

Lane Construction Corporation was awarded the Design/Build contract for the project. Design and construction will be paid for with funding from a federal government TIGER grant, DRPT, the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Construction will be sequenced and is currently underway.  The contract executed with Lane Construction Corporation has a fixed completion date of June 30, 2018.  The project is incentivized to encourage early completion by the contractor, with the highest incentive achieved if revenue service is initiated in October 2017.  

A hotline is now available for updates on construction and expected impacts along the route. That number is (804) 980-0084. You can find up-to-date information here.

Have questions on GRTC Pulse? See Frequently Asked Questions. For more on the project, click here

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