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GRTC debuts new fare boxes


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).

JetBlue Expands Richmond-Boston Service

JetBlue will begin offering a third daily nonstop flight from Richmond to Boston beginning May 1. The airline cited increased demand as the reason for the addition. The three flights will leave Richmond daily at 8:50 a.m., 1:21 p.m. and 6:28 p.m. The flights utilize Embraer 190 aircraft, full-size 100-passenger jets.

Bridge, repaving projects planned in Henrico

Three bridge structures will be replaced and sections of I 95, Brook Rd. and some secondary routes will be resurfaced in Henrico County in the coming months.

Among the bridge replacements recently approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board are three on Route 360 crossing the Chickahominy River in Henrico County; a fourth bridge in the group is located in Hanover. The bridges were built in 1923 and widened in 1941 and 1970. Expected project completion is Nov. 25, 2014.

Water main repairs to reroute traffic on portion of Forest Avenue

Northbound Forest Avenue between Franklin Farms Drive and a point just north of Discovery Drive will be closed about two weeks beginning Monday, March 11 for water main repairs.

Northbound traffic on Forest will be diverted to the road’s southbound lanes, which will accommodate two-way traffic.

Bus drivers needed; job fair Jan. 17

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking new bus drivers and encouraging interested candidates to attend the Jan. 17 HCPS Bus Driver Job Fair. The fair will be held in the Community Room at Henrico County Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Rd., with both morning (9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) and evening (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) sessions available.

Members of HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation will be on hand to conduct preliminary interviews and to provide information about the application process and employee benefits.

Weekday tolls to rise on 895

The new year will bring a weekday toll increase to the Pocahontas Parkway, effective Thursday, Jan. 3.

Two-axle vehicles such as cars, SUVs and pickup trucks passing through the Pocahontas 895 main plaza will pay an extra quarter for weekday travel, although tolls will remain the same for two-axle vehicles passing through the Main Plaza on weekends.

New signage planned in Lakeside corridor

Two corridors in Northern Henrico soon will receive new permanent signage to welcome travelers.

Signs are expected to be erected by the end of the month at points on both ends of Lakeside Avenue and one location on nearby Brook Road. The county’s Department of Community Revitalization has spearheaded the efforts to design and purchase the signs.

The Lakeside signs – each eight feet tall and made of aluminum – will display the Lakeside “wheel” logo that has been used in recent years by the Lakeside Business Association.

2 replica grenades detected in baggage at RIC

A woman on her way from Richmond International Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico by way of Atlanta this morning was delayed after Transportation Security Agency officials found two realistic-looking toy hand grenades in her luggage.

A TSA screener who noticed the plastic toys on the X-ray monitor at the checkpoint contacted the Capital Regional Airport Commission Police, who responded and confiscated the items. The woman missed her flight but was permitted to re-book on a later flight. There was no impact to airport operations.

North Gayton extension opens to traffic

The North Gayton Road Extension opened to traffic on Oct. 6, improving access to northwestern Henrico County and relieving traffic on Pouncey Tract Road and at West Broad Street’s intersection with Pouncey Tract and Pump roads.

Henrico Department of Public Works officials recommend that motorists use caution as they acclimate to the new road and traffic patterns. Some work by contractors will be ongoing.

The 2.1-mile project has provided a new, divided, six-lane road that extends North Gayton northward from West Broad.

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