Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit

Please see our letter of support, our joint press release with RVA Rapid Transit, the memo on potential revenues from our Community Outreach Director and our questions and answers on the Pulse BRT.

The Richmond region is handicapped by a limited transit system.  A recent report from Mayor Dwight Jones' Anti-Poverty Commission finds that 18% of Richmond households lack access to an automobile; 42% have one automobile; and over 70% of Richmond-area jobs are inaccessible to residents of transit-served neighborhoods, leaving them access to only 26.5% of the jobs in the region.

Partnership for Smarter Growth, the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), RVA Rapid Transit, and other partners and volunteers are committed to discussing these problems and working for solutions.

In 2009, GRTC and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transit initiated the Broad Street Rapid Transit Study to develop initial alternatives for improving transit services on Broad Street in Richmond and Henrico.  The preferred altnernative resulting from that study is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system on Broad Street between Rocketts Landing east of downtown Richmond to Willow Lawn in Henrico County.

PSG has supported BRT in the Richmond region since its conception in 2009, and is now working with GRTC and other partners to educate and engage citizens and community leaders in its implementation.


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GRTC held a series of public meetings to hear the public's ideas about improving transit along Broad Street.

A public meeting to obtain input on the recommended alternative and the results of an environmental assessment will be announced in early 2014.  Join the Broad Street Rapid Transit Study mailing list here to receive updates.




Broad Street Rapid Transit Study Fact Sheet

December 2013

This flyer outlines the purpose of the study, estimated schedule and proposed funding for implementation, and various features of the proposed system.


Broad Street Trapid Transit Study Proposed BRT Alignment

This map shows the proposed route  and station locations for the Broad Street BRT line.


Broad Street Rapid Transit Project Alternatives Analysis/Environmental Assessment Problem Statement

January 6, 2010

This Problem Statement identifies and describes mobility-related concerns facing the Broad Street corridor in Richmond, Virginia.  It outlines a purpose and need for transit improvements, as well as sets goals and objectives for the Broad Street BRT project.


GRTC Broad Street Rapid Transit Study Documents

This GRTC webpage contains additional study and public meeting documents.




RVA Rapid Transit 

RVA Rapid Transit is a grassroots organization dedicated to bringing rapid transit to Metro Richmond.





Broad Street bus rapid transit plan is moving forward

May 20, 2014

Peter Bacque, Richmond Times-Dispatch


State, Richmond seek $25M grant for bus rapid transit

April 24, 2014

Jim Nolan, Richmond Times-Dispatch


Fast Lane

April 8, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly


David Green: GRTC's people mover

March 31, 2014

Peter Bacque, Richmond Times-Dispatch


Today's top opinion: BRT for Virginia

March 24, 2014

Richmond Times-Dispatch


Officials: Bus rapid transit could spur development in Richmond

February 27, 2014

Peter Bacque, Richmond Times-Dispatch


RVA's Rapit Transit Bus Line Could be Precursor to City-wide Light Rail

February 21, 2014

Brad, RVA Mag


Is county ready to get on the bus?

February 19, 2014

Jim McConnell, Chesterfield Observer


Regional Transit Gets Stronger Footing

February 4, 2014

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly


Will Broad Street BRT Pay Its Own Way?

August 28, 2013

James A. Bacon, Bacon's Rebellion


Bus Rapid Transit plan meeting draws feisty crowd

August 28, 2013

Zachary Reid, Richmond Times-Dispatch


Quicker Travel: GRTC Makes Case for New $70 Million Line

August 27, 2013

Ned Oliver, Style Weekly


All Aboard?

August 14, 2012

Ben Campbell, Style Weekly Back Page 

Joint Press Release Endorsing the BRT Jan 22 2015 - Final.pdf67.7 KB
Richmond BRT -- PSG Recommendations and current status.pdf77 KB
2016.01.25 PSG Comments to Council on Pulse BRT - FINAL.pdf97.41 KB
Memo re Potential Revenues from the BRT investment.pdf42.1 KB
BRT Questions - Answers.pdf63.94 KB