Transit Pilot Projects
The Demonstration Project Assistance grant program, or Transit Pilot Projects, supports local efforts to improve transit reliability, access and connections to housing and employment centers, and transit mobility options.
The goal of the program is to incentivize the implementation of new transit services and test innovative and non-traditional public transportation solutions by minimizing the financial risks assumed at the local level. The program guidelines have been designed to fill funding gaps for projects and activities that may not be directly suited for other state and federal formula-based capital and operating grant programs.
Chesterfield County | Route 60 Transit Service
In 2022, DRPT conducted the Route 60 Transit Feasibility Study to evaluate the feasibility of implementing new transit service along an approximately six-mile section of Route 60 between Chippenham Parkway and Walmart Way/Stone Village Way.
Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) extended service to this section of Route 60 as part of a transit pilot program that is partially funded by a DRPT grant.
McAfee Knob Trailhead Shuttle
DRPT supported the creation of a new shuttle service in the Roanoke Valley with a grant. This shuttle aims to improve public access to McAfee Knob, a highly popular destination on the Appalachian Trail with limited parking availability.
The Town of Bedford and the Bedford Community Health Foundation (BCHF) partnered to provide public transportation in the town. The service is known as the 'Bedford Otter Bus.' It started as a six month pilot program and has since been extended three years.
A DRPT study looked at possible ways to connect the areas around the Interstate 64 Corridor and Afton Mountain. The result of this study is the Afton Express.
Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County are now connected to the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The new bus line connects BRITE and Charlottesville Area Transit to ensure consistent service throughout the region.
Route 111 Demonstration Study
Chesterfield County and DRPT worked together to identify a 7.5 mile-long corridor from the Chesterfield County/City of Richmond boundary to Iron Bridge Road as a location where new transportation services would be especially beneficial.
In 2020, GRTC launched a pilot project for a Route 111 bus service along this corridor. This service receives funding from a two-year DRPT demonstration grant program.
ShenGo is a new transit service that serves portions of Shenandoah County and the towns of New Market, Mt. Jackson, Edinburg, Woodstock, Toms Brook, and Strasburg. The system has two routes: Northbound and Southbound with a transfer station at the Walmart in Woodstock. DRPT helps fund this service with a demonstration grant.
ShenGo kicked off in October 2021 and monthly ridership continues to grow.