Project Activities

2017

  • Held Public Information Meeting #13 on January 12, 2017 to update the public on the status of the project.

2016

  • Held Public Information Meeting #9 on January 19 & 20, 2016 to update the public on the status of the project and on East End connectivity options to the Pulse.
  • On February 8, 2016, the Richmond City Council voted (7 yes - 1 no - 1 abstain) to authorize the City's Chief Administrative Officer to sign the first legal agreement between the Project Partners. This adopted City Ordinance and the Project Development Agreement may be viewed through the City's Legistar site by clicking HERE. This document allows the Project to continue to advance through the construction phase.
  • The Lane / STV Design-Build Team was awared the contract for the remaining design and construction of the project in April 2016.
  • Held Public Information Meeting #10 on April 26 & 27, 2016 to update the public on the status of the project.
  • Held Public Information Meeting #11 on July 18 & 19, 2016 to update the public on the status of the project.
  • Early construction activities began on August 16, 2016 with utility work.
  • Held Public Information Meeting #12 on October 25, 2016 to update the public on the status of the project.

2015

  • Held Public Meeting #5 on January 26 & 27, 2015 to update the public on the status of the project and receive feedback. Public input was obtained on potential parking impacts.
  • March 17, 2015, GRTC's Board of Directors approved the name "GRTC Pulse" for the Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit project.
  • Held Public Meeting #6 on April 6 & 7, 2015 to update the public on the status of the project and receive feedback. Public input was obtained on design topics, such as left-turn access, north-south connectivity, median and lane widths, pedestrian and bicycle access and safety, and parking preservation.
  • Engaged in intensive community engagement through Public Outreach along the corridor, going door-to-door to meet with businesses and neighbors.
  • Submitted conceptual 30% design plan to the Urban Design Committee and Planning Commission for review on July 23, 2015.
  • Held Public Meeting #7 on July 27 & 28, 2015 to update the public on the status of the project and receive feedback.
  • VDOT work begins on semi-final design in September 2015.
  • VDOT procurement for Design-Build Team begins in September 2015 with a Request for Qualifications.
  • Submitted semi-final design plan to the Urban Design Committee and Planning Commission for review on October 15, 2015.
  • Held Public Meeting #8 on October 26 & 27, 2015 to update the public on the status of the project and receive feedback.
  • VDOT moves into Request for Proposals phase of Design-Build procurement in November 2015.
  • Project receives final, unanimous votes of approval from the Urban Design Committee and the Planning Commission in November 2015.

2014

  • Held Public Meeting #4 - May 20 & 21, 2014 to update the public on the status of the study. Public input was obtained on the Recommended Alternative and its costs, impacts and benefits.
  • Delivered a draft of the updated alternatives assessment and environmental impact analysis documents to the Federal Transit Administration for review.
  • Received a “Categorical Exclusion” letter from the FTA indicating that the project has no significant negative impacts to the natural or human environment.
  • April 27, 2014, GRTC, along with Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the city of Richmond, submitted an application for a TIGER Grant for 50% of project funding.
  • Developed a planned schedule and potential funding outline for completing design and construction of the proposed BRT. This schedule can be found in the May 2014 Public Meeting Handout and on the BRT Documents page.
  • GRTC and DRPT held public meetings on May 20 and 21 to review the Recommended Alternative with the public.
  • June 17, 2014, GRTC’s Board of Directors approved GRTC Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit as the Locally Preferred Alternative.
  • Notification of TIGER grant award on September 12, 2014.
  • The study project is being transitioned from a planning study to the preliminary design phase, beginning with the award of the RFP for A&E services in September 2014.

2012  -2013

  • Prepared and presented economic impact analysis to City and County.
  • Coordinated with Federal Transit Administration regarding changes to project development process and evaluation criteria resulting from new federal regulations.
  • Initiated new effort to update alternatives assessment and environmental impact analysis documents to address new FTA criteria and update with new information.
  • Held Public Meeting #3 August 27, 2013. The study team presented results of a recent economic impact study, new analysis and planning coordination in the corridor and details about the remaining steps in the study.

2011

  • Coordinated with stakeholder groups in the East End to resolve concerns regarding access to the BRT service.
  • Delivered initial alternatives assessment and environmental impact analysis documents to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
  • Held a series of meetings with City and County officials on costs and potential funding strategies. City requested an economic impact analysis as a result of these meetings.

2009 - 2010

  • Began Environmental Assessment process by the Commonwealth of Virginia (DRPT), including the scoping, purpose and need for BRT.
  • Developed initial alternatives.
  • Held Public Meeting #1 February 24 & 25, 2010. (During the planning study stage, four sets of public meetings were held. The presentations given at the meetings and the public meeting handouts can be reviewed on the Documents page of this website.)
  • Held Public Meeting #2 October 19 & 20, 2010. The study team presented several ways how Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) can use a combination of enhanced transit services, stations and roadway improvements to provide faster, more efficient transit service.

 


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