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GRTC’s ‘Where’s Santa?’ returns


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.

River Road entrance at UR Drive to reopen Aug. 16

The River Road entrance to the University of Richmond at UR Drive will reopen on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Mountain Road to be closed at railroad tracks Aug. 18-22

Mountain Road in northwestern Henrico County will be closed at the railroad tracks from 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 22 while CSX works on the crossing.

Southwest to complete its Richmond conversion

Southwest Airlines will complete its full conversion in the Richmond market Aug. 10 when it launches service to Atlanta, taking over the route from its AirTran subsidiary.

Southwest will serve the Richmond-Atlanta route with larger aircraft than AirTran uses. The low-cost carrier will fly 143-seat Boeing 737 jets on that route, replacing AirTran's 117-seat jets.

GRTC seeks advisory group members


GRTC Transit System is starting a volunteer advisory group, the GRTC Transit System Advisory Group (TAG) to make recommendations for solutions to problems that are identified.

Members of the public are invited to apply for one of 10 spots in the group, which will meet four times a year. In addition to three at-large members, two members will be selected from Henrico, along with two from Richmond, two from Chesterfield and one from Petersburg.

Capital Trail project taking shape in Varina


Construction of two sections of the Virginia Capital Trail – which will connect Virginia’s past and present capitals, while also promoting recreation, alternative transportation and economic development – is underway along the Route 5 corridor in Eastern Henrico County.

Citizens can expect to see heavy construction along the corridor until the September 2015 completion date. Sixteen miles of the trail between Richmond and Williamsburg are completed; just half a mile of that total is in Richmond, at its end point along Dock Street.

GRTC bus rapid transit meetings planned

The Greater Richmond Transit Company and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will present their draft plan for bus rapid transit service along a 7.6-mile corridor generally along Broad Street corridor between Rocketts Landing and Willow Lawn during meetings May 20 and 21 in Richmond.

The goal of BRT is to improve transit service and overall mobility on Broad Street and provide the community with better access to employment, retail, education and healthcare.

UR’s River Road entrance to be closed May 13 through the summer

The River Road entrance to the University of Richmond at UR Drive will be closed May 13 through summer 2014 to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Employees and visitors to campus may access campus at the Westhampton Gate entrance on College Road or the north entrance at Campus Drive and Gateway Road, accessible from Towana Road and Boatwright Drive.

The south-campus area near River Road will undergo major changes over the summer months, said Bill Powell, project manager in the university’s facilities department.

Henrico transportation projects funded

The Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RAMPO) earlier this month selected eight Henrico transportation projects to receive federal funding during the next six years.

Henrico’s transportation projects are just one part of a series of statewide projects that will receive over $140 million in federal funds during that time. In total, the Henrico projects are estimated to receive $24.2 million of that money between Fiscal Years 2015 and 2020.

The projects include:

• improvements to Dabbs House Road, from Nine Mile Road to Creighton Road;

• improvements to Sadler Road, from Dominion Boulevard to Cedar Grove Road;

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