GRTC Bans Unaccompanied Minors on Buses During COVID-19 Crisis

For Immediate Release
March 24, 2020
For more information, contact:
CARRIE ROSE PACE – (804) 516-4148 –

GRTC Bans Unaccompanied Minors on Buses During COVID-19 Crisis 
Minors going to/from work permitted to ride. 
All passengers limited to a single one-way trip at a time; “joyriding” prohibited. 

RICHMOND, Va. (March 24, 2020) – Effective immediately, GRTC is banning unaccompanied minors from riding GRTC during the COVID-19 emergency. Solo minors in work uniforms or with their employee badges are permitted to ride GRTC to/from work. Until further notice, customers are not allowed to remain on-board a single bus beyond their one-way trip. No extended rides on a single vehicle will be allowed. 

With the closure of schools and recent pleasant Spring weather, GRTC is experiencing an increase in riders - especially minors - riding GRTC in groups and for nonessential trips, counter to local, state and Federal guidance to limit travel only for essential purposes. 

GRTC Chief Executive Officer Julie Timm says, “Immediately after suspending fares, our ridership jumped by several thousand trips a day. Some were kids out of school with energy to burn and some were people wanting to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. But some were budget-conscious people looking for employment, making trips to the grocery store, or going to the doctor. While overall daily ridership is still well below normal levels, we need to take additional measures for those who desperately need our service during this crisis.”

In addition to limited trips and restricted rides for minors and groups, passengers are asked to sit one passenger per row, except for families riding together. Passengers in violation of these temporary policies or otherwise disruptive to our service are subject to removal from the bus. Timm explains, “While it's completely counter to our normal lives to beg people not to ride, that is exactly what we are doing. Serving the community’s very real and very essential mobility needs during this crisis is a juggling act. Please, save our service for those who need our service!”

For the most complete and latest GRTC updates during this pandemic, please visit our website.

GRTC is a public service corporation providing mobility services in the Greater Richmond area. GRTC’s current operational budget of $53.9M primarily funds daily mobility operations and vehicle maintenance. GRTC normally provides more than 9.25 million trips a year.