RVA Pulse Points: Richmond will be seeing red

Richmond is painting the town red! A 2.5 mile stretch of the GRTC Pulse bus-only lane will be painted red along Broad Street. The below photos are examples of what the bus lanes could look like, though the ultimate design could be either hatched or solid.

GRTC bus lanes on Broad Street in Richmond

Due to issues with pedestrian safety, the Richmond City Council approved a $2 million plan to recolor the bus lanes along Broad Street, between Thompson Street and Foushee Street. In October of 2019, a GRTC bus driver fatally struck 32 year-old Alice Woodson at the intersection of East Broad Street and Bowe Street.

According to Mayor Stoney, the city administration introduced an ordinance to direct funds from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to this safety project.

“With this ordinance, we’ll join other pioneering cities in using red lanes to help complete our streets, building a safer and more efficient transit system for our riders,” said Mayor Stoney.

Clearly marked, the bright red lanes will help drivers understand when they must vacate a bus lane, which also improves bus arrival times. The clear red markings also indicate to pedestrians that the traffic flow is different from other lanes, inspiring extra caution.

A combination of city funds and a state grant will make this project possible. The state will reimburse the city over $1.6 million for the project, and the city is allocating $413,452 from the Department of Public Works Central Virginia Transportation Authority special fund account.

The aim is to have this project completed by the spring of 2022.