Willow Lawn to offer holiday “trolley” service from Church Hill

Willow Lawn shopping center will offer free shuttle trolley service between Church Hill and the center on four days during the next two weeks.

The shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 30, as well as Friday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 7 as part of "Green Ride RVA."

The service stems from a national sustainability transportation program funded by the Ford Motor Company, in partnership with eight universities, including VCU in Richmond. VCU is testing the effectiveness of the system during the holiday shopping season and will officially launch an ongoing program in early 2015 if the trial run is deemed a success.

Henrico's Steward School also has been involved with the project from the beginning. Steward students will volunteer once it is underway and will use Green Ride RVA as a research project to study finance, sustainability models, and food deserts in the community.

“We’ve been honored to play a supportive role in this dynamic project with VCU and other community partners," said Cary Jamieson, Bryan Innovation Lab Director at The Steward School. "Stewardship and understanding the needs of our community are wonderful ways to connect real-world learning into our curriculum.”

The trolley can transport 24 adults comfortably. While a similar route using GRTC typically would take more than an hour and a half to travel from Church Hill to Willow Lawn, the Green Ride RVA Trolley will be an express route and each transit should last just more than 25 minutes. The Green Ride RVA Trolley will arrive in either Church Hill or at Willow Lawn approximately every hour.

“We are excited about this collaboration which provides a sustainable and enjoyable means of transportation for the community to Willow Lawn," said Deirdre Johnson, senior director of asset management for Willow Lawn's owner, Federal Realty Investment Trust. "This program aligns with our core values by focusing on the urbanization of the community through an eco-friendly means."

“Given Richmond, Va. was the site of the very first successful trolley system in the world demonstrated originally in May 1888, it is only fitting the trolleys return to service in their birthplace,” said Buck Ward, president of RVA Trolley. “We are very pleased and privileged to support VCU and its partners in such an important community project.”

Pickup locations in Church Hill are:

• 31st Street Baptist Church, 823 N. 31st Street

• New Light Baptist Church, 2000 East Broad Street

• Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 3200 E. Broad Street

Route schedules will be posted at pickup locations and updated in real time via Twitter using the hashtag #greenriderva.

For details, visit http://www.willowlawn.com or follow event updates on Facebook and Twitter.
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