GRTC Rider Update November 22, 2021

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GRTC Service Updates, Holiday Schedules, & Detours

Richmond skyline and a bus crossing the 9th Street bridge
IMAGE: A GRTC bus crosses the 9th St. bridge with the Richmond skyline and James River shown.
November 22, 2021 – Happy Thanksgiving!
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Service Adjustments in December: Because of ongoing labor shortages, GRTC will modify schedules on December 19, 2021. You can preview service adjustments now online. Public timetables will be available online in December. Read on below in this newsletter for upcoming holiday schedules!


GRTC in the Armstrong / Walker Football Classic Legacy Parade: GRTC will participate this Saturday, November 27 at 10:00am in the Armstrong / Walker Football Classic Legacy Parade, featuring the Freedom Constellations bus. You can watch the parade on Leigh St. between 6th St. and Virginia Union University.

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IMAGE: GRTC Freedom Constellations bus by City Hall.

Remember to check for special event detours online! Service impacts will be posted soon for the Christmas Parade.


Honoring Rosa Parks: On December 1, GRTC continues its tradition on the anniversary of an historic Civil Rights movement of paying special tribute to Rosa Parks. Mrs. Parks is most well-known for her act of defiance on a Montgomery, AL bus on December 1, 1955 that changed the course of history. On that date, Mrs. Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She was arrested and fined. Four days later, in response to Mrs. Parks’ arrest, a year-long bus boycott began. It ended when the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public transportation was illegal.

Rosa Parks seat
IMAGE: Commemorative seat display for Rosa Parks.


Upcoming Holiday Schedules: GRTC’s Administrative Office is closed on these holidays, and there is no Lost & Found.  

Thanksgiving Day: On Thursday, November 25, 2021, GRTC operates a SUNDAY schedule, and customers are cautioned to prepare for service delays because of the ongoing labor shortage. CARE standing reservations cancelled; book trips up to 7 days in advance.

Christmas Eve: On Friday, December 24, 2021, GRTC operates a NORMAL weekday schedule, but there is NO Express Route service.

Christmas Day: On Saturday, December 25, 2021, GRTC operates a SUNDAY schedule. CARE standing reservations cancelled; book trips up to 7 days in advance. GRTC & CARE CUSTOMER SERVICE CLOSED.

New Year’s Eve: On Friday, December 31, 2021, GRTC operates a NORMAL weekday schedule, but there is NO Express Route service.

New Year’s Day: On Saturday, January 1, 2022, GRTC operates a SUNDAY schedule. CARE standing reservations cancelled; book trips up to 7 days in advance. GRTC & CARE CUSTOMER SERVICE CLOSED.


Temporary Transfer Plaza Changes Coming Soon! Construction impacts on 9th St. will require Bay changes and shelter removals soon. The Public Safety Building nearby will be demolished, and GRTC will not be able to use existing Bay locations within the work zone. Shelters, benches and trash cans between Clay and Leigh Sts. will be removed, and Bay locations and assignments will change. Details on the new temporary bay locations, routes serving them, and customer seating and trash cans will be available later.


We Are Hiring Operators & Maintenance staff: Sign-on bonuses are now offered to new full-time operators ($5,000) and mechanics ($8,500)! Applicants only need a Virginia Driver’s License – GRTC will train you and help you earn your CDL. Visit ridegrtc.com and apply today to join the GRTC Family!
Now Hiring Bus Operators with great benefits for you and your family


We are now hiring for:

Employment opportunities are always posted at rideGRTC.com!

You are welcome to connect with GRTC if you have questions.

GRTC’s office is closed to the public, and Lost and Found is by appointment only.