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The RRPDC is a regional planning agency serving
the Town of Ashland;
the City of Richmond; and
the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.

Richmond Regional
Planning District Commission

9211 Forest Hill Avenue
Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23235

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Phone:  804.323.2033
Fax:  804.323.2025

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Bus Rapid Transit

City of Richmond Pulse Corridor Plan

Currently under construction with an estimated mid-2018 operational date, The Pulse is Richmondís first bus rapid transit (BRT) line offering a greatly reduced bus travel time of a 14-stop, or station, system extending from Rockettís Landing to Willow Lawn along Broad Street and E. Main Street.

Adopted by Richmond City Council on July 24, 2017, the foundation for the Pulse Corridor Plan is a comprehensive study of the BRT Connectivity and Land-Use Analysis prepared by the RRPDC through a special services agreement executed with the City in July 2015 and completed October 2016.  The study was funded by the City of Richmond Department of Planning and Development Review (PDR) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). 

The primary purpose of the Pulse Corridor Plan is to expand the BRT spineís reach and focus on a deliberate strategy to ensure the GRTC Pulse is used as an effective transformative tool. This planís approach is to foster transit-oriented development (TOD), a development pattern that encourages most trips to be made by foot, bike, and transit.  The plan is guided by six commonly held TOD principles which create opportunities for mixed-use, viable transportation alternatives, dense/compact development, historic preservation to preserve the fabric, greater transit access, and connectivity.

The RRPDC study identified and analyzed existing physical and demographic conditions in the corridor to provide a base-line for measurement of progress over time in meeting these transformative principles.  Each Station area was analyzed, illustrated, and prioritized for specific planning actions based on indicators which measured 1) market readiness, 2) development potential, and 3) transit orientation. This framework of station priorities provided City staff with a playbook by which to develop specific corridor-wide and station area recommendations for implementation. 

Taking the RRPDC study through the neighborhood and public review process from October 2016 through May 2017, the City staff worked with an advisory committee and Smart Growth America (SGA) to refine the Pulse Corridor Plan and add specific measures to the implementation framework.  Concurrent with Pulse Corridor Plan adoption, the City sponsored rezoning proposal for Scottís Addition (Cleveland Station area) was introduced to Council.  The proposal calls for rezoning from its current M-1 Industrial into two new zoning districts TOD-1 and B-7 Mixed Use Business District that will enable the area to be transformed into a higher density mixed-use (including allowing existing industrial used to remain) supporting the rapidly emerging market forces for adaptive reuse by improving public infrastructure to ensure connectivity and a strong, eclectic neighborhood.



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