Citizen Staff Reports 03/12/2015 Transportation
GRTC this week debuted a "mini fleet" of a new electronic fare box system on 10 buses. The new boxes eventually will be installed on all of GRTC's more than 150 buses by the end of April.
Both the new and old boxes will allow customers to pay fare as they would normally. New boxes still accept cash, Go cards, transfers and employee swipe cards.
Riders who have any questions should consult their drivers, visit http://www.ridegrtc.com or call GRTC's Customer Service Center at (804) 358-GRTC (4782).
Citizen Staff Reports 01/12/2015 Transportation
A section of the right westbound lane of Three Chopt Road near Forest Avenue will be closed from 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Jan. 16 while crews repair a 12-inch water main.
Three Chopt’s left westbound lane will remain open to traffic. Right turns onto Forest will be permitted through the work zone.
The GRTC Transit System was awarded a grant of $24.9 million to develop the GRTC Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will serve a 7.6-mile route from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn. The overall cost of the GRTC BRT Project will be supported with matching funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Phase I engineering and design activities are underway with on-the-street operation scheduled to start in October 2017.
The GRTC BRT Project team will present a status update, startup activities and long range timeline for the Project at two public meetings later this month.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/15/2014 Transportation
GRTC will again thanks its transit riders with its annual "Where’s Santa?" event.
This week, from Dec. 16-19, the GRTC Santa will visit buses on different routes each day. Santa will greet each rider aboard and give each one a GRTC GoCard good for one free bus ride.
The routes and times of day that the GRTC Santa will appear are not being announced in advance.
A Richmond woman was issued a summons after Transportation Security Officers caught her trying to bring a semi-automatic gun and three magazines with 18 rounds on board an airplane at Richmond International Airport Dec. 9. It was the third time so far this month that TSA officers have detected a gun at the airport’s checkpoint and the eighth gun that TSA officers have detected at the checkpoint so far this calendar year. The firearm was not loaded.
TSA officers detected the .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol along with three loaded magazine clips in the woman’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt into the checkpoint X-ray machine.
With the addition of several hundred new homes built near Sadler Road in the Innsbrook area, traffic and pedestrian crossings are becoming concerns to some residents due to the narrowness of the road and heavy volume of vehicles.
But relief is on the way, according to Henrico County Public Works Director Steve Yob.
“We are currently planning the widening of Sadler Road between Dominion Boulevard and Cedar Branch Court,” Yob told the Citizen. “The project will include pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks."
The county doesn’t provide street lighting except in special sanitary districts or at signalized intersections, Yob said.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/04/2014 Transportation
A section of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike/Meadowbridge Road will be closed Thursday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 12 for railroad crossing repairs.
The closure will affect traffic between Azalea Avenue in Henrico County and Industrial Park Road in Hanover County. A detour will direct motorists to use Azalea, Carolina Avenue, East Laburnum Avenue, Mechanicsville Turnpike and Atlee Road. Message boards will be placed Thursday, Dec. 4.
Citizen Staff Reports Transportation
Richmond International Airpport is adding a new carrier beginning in February.
Allegiant announced that it would begin offering nonstop flights between Richmond and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport in Florida Feb. 13. The new service will operate twice weekly.The company also will offer travelers the chance to book air, hotel, car and attraction reservations together.
By Patty Kruszewski, Citizen Managing Editor 10/17/2014 Transportation
Since her mother was killed in 2008 by a driver talking on his cell phone, Jennifer White has traveled the country visiting distracted driving summits.
She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, 20/20, Katie Couric, CNN, Fox News and more to advocate for safe, distraction-free driving and the prevention of additional devastating loss of life.
At the Second Annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit, held Sept. 15-16 at the Westin Hotel Richmond in Henrico County, White announced that Virginia has by far the best summit of all she has attended.
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