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. With their nationally recognized expertise in managing projects of this magnitude, the GRTC Pulse is on schedule to begin revenue service in fall 2017.  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.

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? Frequently Asked Questions.

More information is available on the Broad Street BRT website.

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