Regional Public Transportation Plan

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Projected Implementation – FY 2022

Background

The creation of the Central Virginia Transportation Authority (CVTA) by the 2020 General Assembly has established new funds for priority transportation investments in the Richmond Region. The two main sources of revenue are regional sales and use tax (0.7%) and wholesale gas and diesel tax (7.6 cents and 7.7 cents). The projected funding available for transportation investment is $136 Million in FY 2021, $187 Million in FY 2022 and growing to a projection of $204 Million by FY 2026.

Learn more: CVTA Website

What Does This Mean for GRTC?

The CVTA funds will be allocated three ways – 15% to GRTC, 50% to each participating locality proportionally, and 35% for regional projects. GRTC is projected to receive $20 Million in FY 2021, $28 Million in FY 2022 and $30 Million by FY 2026. The majority of the funds received by GRTC will be allocated to support the regional routes in the current system, however, GRTC is planning on allocating $10 Million on expansion of the network based on regional priorities. This expansion represents about a 20% growth for the system.

Planning for Expansion

As required by the CVTA legislation, GRTC is currently in the process of developing a Regional Public Transportation Plan in coordination with the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RRTPO).  The Regional Public Transportation Plan will identify how GRTC plans to spend the 15% CVTA funds in FY 2022, including plans for expansion. GRTC has contracted with Michael Baker International and Jarrett Walker and Associates to assist with the plan development. The final Regional Public Transportation Plan is planned for completion in May 2021. Many studies completed in previous years serve as a reference for the regional priorities (2018-2028 Transit Development Plan (TDP) and Greater Richmond Transit Vision Plan Phase II).

Learn More: GRTC Regional Public Transportation Plan kick-off presentation to GRTC's Board of Directors January 19, 2021.

Concept Alternatives for Expansion

Ridership Concept

Transit can focus on different goals and values. One of those goals is ridership, or providing frequent service to dense, busy places to encourage more people to ride. Concentrating service will encourage greater use, but is costly so frequent service can't be spread across as many places.

The map below shows a transit concept for the Richmond region that tries to maximize ridership with the additional funding for transit. Some features of this concept are:

  • Increasing the frequency of service to every 10 minutes on Route 5 and on Route 1 from Chamberlayne and Azalea to Hull and Broad Rock.
  • Increasing the frequency of service to every 15 minutes on Route 7 from Nine Mile and Laburnum to Downtown.
  • Increasing the frequency of service to every 20 minutes on Route 19 from Short Pump to Willow Lawn.
  • Increasing the frequency of service on Routes 18 and 79 to every 30 minutes and connecting the two routes together into a west end loop.
  • Extending 30 minute service along Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield, along Brook Road in Henrico, and along Meadowbridge Rd/Richmond-Henrico Turnpike in Henrico.

The Ridership Concept achieves the following outcomes:

  • 15,000 more residents and 20,000 more jobs would be within a quarter mile of some transit service.
  • 3% more people in poverty and 5% more minority residents would be within a quarter mile of some transit service.
  • Many more people and jobs would be near frequent service: 41,000 more residents and 41,000 more jobs would be near service that arrives every 10 minutes all day.
  • With many more routes being every 10 or 15 minutes, the Ridership Concept does substantially increase jobs reachable in 45 minutes. The average resident could reach 16% more jobs, the average minority resident could reach 17% more jobs, and the average resident in poverty could reach 14% more jobs in 45 minutes.

Ridership Concept Map

Ridership Concept map

Access to Jobs in 45 minutes on Ridership Concept
Job access within 45 minutes on Ridership Concept

Ridership Concept Overlay With Poverty Data 

Ridership Concept Overlay With Race/Ethnicity Data

Coverage Concept

Transit can focus on different goals and values. One of those goals is coverage, or providing service to as many places as possible. But spreading bus routes all over means that service is not very frequent and therefore waits are long.
The map below shows a transit concept for the Richmond region that tries to maximize coverage with the additional funding for transit. Some features of this concept are:

  • Extending 30 minute service along Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield, along Williamsburg Road in Henrico, along Meadowbridge Rd/Richmond-Henrico Turnpike in Henrico.
  • Extending 60 minute service along key corridors like Brook Rd in Henrico, Hull Street and Iron Bridge Road in Chesterfield.
  • New or extended services to Innsbrook, Wilkinson Terrace, Memorial Regional Hospital in Hanover, and along Meadowdale Boulevard in Chesterfield.

The Coverage Concept achieves the following outcomes:

  • 55,000 more residents and 40,000 more jobs would be within a quarter mile of some transit service.
  • 13% more people in poverty and 21% more minority residents would be within a quarter mile of some transit service.
  • There would be no change in people or jobs near frequent transit (service that comes every 10 or 15 minutes).
  • With no increase in frequency, the Coverage Concept does not substantially increase jobs reachable in 45 minutes for the average resident. The average resident could reach 4% more jobs, the average minority resident could reach 6% more jobs, and the average resident in poverty could reach 4% more jobs in 45 minutes.

Coverage Concept Map
Coverage Concept transit map

Access to Jobs in 45 minutes on Coverage Concept
Job access within 45 minutes on Coverage Concept

Coverage Concept Overlay With Poverty Data

Coverage Concept Overlay With Race/Ethnicity Data

Learn More: Video Presentation on Concepts Alternatives for Expansion to GRTC's Board of Directors on February 16, 2021

Concept Comparison by Location

How far can I go in 45 minutes from each of these locations? Click to see the maps compared side-by-side.
John Tyler Community College Chester
Chesterfield County Government Center
Winchester Green
Hopkins Rd. & Meadowdale Blvd.
Wilkinson Terrace
Chippenham Mall
Southwood
Foxwood & Woodbriar
McGuire VA Hospital
Stonebridge
Johnston-Willis Hospital
Chippenham Hospital
Swansboro
Fulton Hill
Blackwell
White Oak
Oakwood
Downtown Richmond
Richmond Community Hospital
Eastgate Town Center
VCU Monroe Park
Mosby Court
Whitcomb Court
Retreat Hospital
Six Points Northside
Northside
St. Mary's Hospital
Meadowood Square
Henrico Doctors' Hospital
Regency
Staples Mill Amtrak
Henrico County Government Center
Parham Doctors' Hospital
Mayland Dr. & Tuckernuck Dr.
St. Joseph's Villa
Short Pump
 

Public Engagement


Phase 1 – Concept Alternatives for Expansion

Survey: GRTC would like to receive feedback on the concept alternatives for expansion. A survey is currently live and will remain open until March 12th. Your feedback will be valuable input as the Regional Public Transportation Plan gets drafted.

Public Meeting on Concept Alternatives: March 4th, 2021, 5:00 PM

Phase 2 – Draft Regional Public Transportation Plan

Based on the feedback received from Phase 1, GRTC will present a proposed regional transit network for feedback. This is where specific routes will be presented and we encourage the public and current riders to share their reactions to the map!

Public Meeting virtual information will be posted here in Spring.
A public survey will be posted here in Spring.