GRTC bus driver greets passengers with a smileFounded in 1860, the public transit system known today as GRTC Transit System, has operated continuously, with one temporary suspension of service during the Civil War, for over 150 years.  Its history of being a progressive transit system was established when it was the first public transit agency to implement the system wide use of electric streetcars.  That progressive attitude carries forth to today, with service improvements and additions such as expanded services for seniors and individuals with disabilities, welfare-to-work transportation, vanpool and carpool development, regional taxicab oversight, and expanded service to surrounding counties and cities, GRTC Transit System has truly become a world class transportation system serving every sector of the Richmond region.  It is one of the most efficient transit systems in the United States.

Jointly owned by the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County, the transit agency was purchased from private owners and incorporated as GRTC Transit System, on April 12, 1973, for the purpose of providing public transportation service in the Greater Richmond area. 

GRTC Historical Road Map

Our Vision

GRTC Transit System seeks to become the leading provider of world class transportation services and mobility solutions.

Our Mission

GRTC Transit System’s mission is to provide clean, safe, and reliable transportation and to improve mobility and access throughout Central Virginia.

Core Values

  • Absolute integrity, competence, and diligence in the performance of our duties.
  • Commitment to providing exceptional customer service.
  • Responsiveness to the needs of the communities we serve.
  • Promotion of the personal and professional growth of our employees.

Our Services

GRTC provides transportation services to the Richmond VA area and parts of Chesterfield and Henrico counties.  These include fixed route and express route bus service, specialized services such as CARE and RideFinders.  Click on the following links for more information.

Local Route Bus Service 

Express Route Bus Service

CARE Paratransit Service