Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Richmond Regional Transit Vision Plan

Greater RVA Transit Vision Plan 

About the Plan
Transit is an important factor in opportunity and economic prosperity. It connects residents with jobs, shopping and other key destinations. Major investments such as transit require both a unified vision and planning. The progress toward construction of the GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit system and planning by individual jurisdictions and GRTC raises questions about what is next and what is the long-term vision for transit in the greater Richmond area. DRPT, in cooperation with the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO) and GRTC, is developing the Richmond Region Transit Vision Plan to address this issue. The study team will use current transit and demographic data, land use data and plans, transit and population forecasts, public opinion surveys, and stakeholder input to create and present a regional transit vision plan to stakeholders and the public that will guide transit development in the region through 2040.

To learn more about the project and complete a survey to help shape the future of transit in Richmond, visit the project page at Meeting materials and presentations are will also be available online.

The Need for a Regional Transit Vision Plan
Leading up to this study, GRTC has worked in cooperation with the Southern Institute of Research to understand attitudes and opinions about transit in the region.  The video below summarizes key outcomes from the research regarding the need for a regional vision for transit in Richmond and how it might benefit our region.

Transit Vision Planning in the Richmond Region (Video)

June 2016 Public Meetings
DRPT hosted three public meetings during June 2016, hearing from residents on alternatives to meet transit needs and opportunities throughout the region, including expanding and enhancing public transit services.  The meetings were held in Richmond on June 7 at Monument Heights Baptist Church, June 9 at Central Montessori School and June 13 at Bensley Elementary School.  More information on the public meetings can be found here

November 2015 Public Meetings
DRPT hosted three public meetings in November 2015 to kick off the public outreach for the visioning process. Meetings were held November 4 at Main Street Station in Richmond, November 5 at New Bridge Baptist Church in Richmond, and November 9 at CCWA at John Tyler Community College in Chester.

Information on this study and November presentation materials from the meetings are provided below.

November Meeting Materials
Public Meeting Handout
Welcome Board
Map for Home Locations
Purpose and Schedule
Land Use Transit Relationships
Transit Oriented Development 
What You Think of Transit
Vision for Transit
Map for Transit Destinations

Scope of the Plan
The process to develop the plan includes numerous tasks to analyze technical issues, coordinate with regional stakeholders and the public and develop a vision for transit in the region. To achieve this goal, DRPT and the Study Team will:

  • Identify representatives to form a transit advisory committee (Regional Transit Form) for the visioning process;
  • Engage the general public for input on the vision for transit in the region;
  • Analyze recent surveys and research on transit use and opinion about transit in the region;
  • Assess economic development and demographic trends;
  • Examine current transit ridership and trip patterns;
  • Identify transit markets and gaps in service to those markets;
  • Examine future land use plans and regional growth aspirations;
  • Develop various alternatives for transit investment in major corridors;
  • Present analysis of alternatives to the Regional Transit Forum, local governments and the public;
  • Develop recommendations for future transit options and phased implementation;
  • Draft a Transit Vision Plan to present the plan to stakeholders and the public for review;
  • Finalize the Transit Vision Plan based on input from stakeholders and the public.

Schedule for the Plan
The planning process kicked off in August 2015 with outreach to local jurisdictions and the formation of the Regional Transit Forum. The first public meetings were held in November 2015 to gather input on the vision and inform the public of the process for developing the plan. In early 2016, research and analysis will be in full swing and various alternatives will be under development; additional public meetings are scheduled in March. By late summer or early fall of 2016, a final plan will be prepared and presented. 

Study Schedule
August - December, 2015

  • Review existing plans
  • Analyze trends
  • Host public meetings

January - March, 2016

  • Analyze transit propensity
  • Develop initial alternatives
  • Host public meetings

April - August, 2016

  • Alternative Analysis
  • Host public meetings
  • Prepare final recommendations and plans

Regional Transit Forum (Advisory Committee)
The Regional Transit Forum is an advisory committee to DRPT and the study team. The Regional Transit Forum will:

  • Help develop a vision, goals, and objectives for the study;
  • Offer guidance on various aspects of the technical analysis;
  • Provide input on study recommendations;
  • Share information about the planning process with their respective organizations; and
  • Help build a regional consensus on the vision for transit in the region.

Regional Transit Forum Participants
The committee consists of 41 representatives from 34 regional and community organizations and staff from the nine local jurisdictions in the following regions:

Regional Jurisdictions
Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Richmond

Regional and Community Organizations
Amazon, Bay Transit, Capital Region Airport Commission, Chesterfield Chamber, Coalition for Smart Transit, FHWA, Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, John Tyler Community College, Mt. Gilead Church, NAACP Chesterfield, NAACP Hanover, NAACP Richmond Branch, Owl Inc. Transportation, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Partnership for Smarter Growth, Reynolds Community College, Richmond Anti-Poverty Commission, Richmond Association of Realtors, Richmond Hill, Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority, RideFinders, RRPDC, RVA Rapid Transit, Senior Connections, The Capital Region Collaborative, TPO Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), TPO Elderly and Disability Advisory Committee (EDAC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Van Go, VCU, Venture Richmond, Virginia Transit Association, Virginia Union University, Virginians for High Speed Rail

The First Regional Transit Forum meeting was held on October 14, 2015 at the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission Board Room. Presentation material and a summary of the meeting can be found below.

Richmond Regional Transit Vision Plan Overview Presentation 

Summary of Transit Survey Research

Richmond Region Transit Forum Meeting Notes October 14, 2015 

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