Richmond Region Micro-Transit Study

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The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC), in partnership with consultant Michael Baker International, is exploring the demand, need, potential, and feasibility for micro-transit services in the Greater Richmond Region which includes the jurisdictions of Ashland, Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, and the City of Richmond. The study will help determine the path forward for micro-transit, and the recommendations that are produced from the study will be incorporated in the FY2023 Regional Public Transportation Plan.

The goals and objectives of the Richmond Region Micro-Transit Study are to:

  1. Analyze the current landscape of existing micro-transit demand and service provision in the region.
  2. Project and analyze future micro-transit demand in the region.
  3. Explore possible micro-transit approaches and strategies to address current and future mobility demands.
  4. Engage all jurisdictions in the Richmond region through a thoughtful conversation about the current and future mobility needs of residents, visitors, employers, and employees with a focus on equity.
  5. Improve capacity, understanding, and coordination between current and future micro-transit providers, stakeholders, and relevant decision-makers.

To meet the goals and objectives of the Richmond Region Micro-Transit Study, GRTC and Michael Baker are conducting public outreach, including surveys, public meetings, presentations, and stakeholder meetings/focus groups. The PDF versions of these PowerPoint presentations are available for download.  Please click the links below to view the documents. 

The survey portion of the study is now closed.  Thank you for your feedback. 

Background Information

The creation of the Central Virginia Transportation Authority (CVTA) by the 2020 General Assembly 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 CVTA funds are allocated three ways – 15% to GRTC, 50% to each participating locality proportionally, and 35% for regional projects. GRTC is required to develop a Regional Public Transportation Plan that identifies how GRTC plans to spend the 15% allocation. A micro-transit study was identified as a regional priority during the development of the FY2022 plan. The recommendations that are produced from the micro-transit study will be incorporated in the FY2023 Regional Public Transportation Plan.