Jan 2, 2024 - News

Readers' New Year's resolutions for Richmond transit

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We asked at the end of last year what you thought Richmond's resolutions should be for 2024.

  • Y'all came through big β€” and very transit-focused.

Here's what you had to say:

🚍 GRTC Resolution: "Expand service to Lakeside area within multiple bus stops on Dumbarton & Hilliard. What does a gal gotta do to get transit service in her area?" β€” Toni M.

🚸 "Richmond needs to work on pedestrian safety." β€” Robin G.

⛔️ Another Richmond driver resolution: "Not driving the wrong way down the one-way streets in Scott's Addition." β€” Reilly P.

🚢🏻 Drive less.

  • "The car vs. transit/bike/walk/roll/literally-anything-else debate is often treated as all or nothing.
  • "Either you're a normie who drives for everything or you're a hardcore anti-car enthusiast.
  • "In a post-pandemic, WFH world, we should feel empowered to defy the dichotomy and drive a little less without throwing our car keys in a river.
  • "The goal for any city that thrives on density or any advocate who cares about transit safety or any citizen who cares about the environment should be: 'In 2023, RVA drivers drove X miles. In 2024, that number went down or stayed the same.'" β€” Christian S.

πŸ’« "I wish the city would put reflectors on the Broad Street driving lanes. I was driving back home from a Church Hill restaurant, and it was raining. I could not see the lane lines until I was 'on top' of them." β€” Jim G.

πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’« "Richmonders should resolve that 2024 is the year they finally learn how to drive in roundabouts.

  • "The city government should resolve to stop chasing too good to be true development deals like casinos and focus on actually running the city well and paving roads.
  • "The Richmond USPS should resolve to get its ish together and become reliable/dependable again." β€” Paul B.

βœ‹ "Slow down and drive the speed limit!" β€” Sara U.

🚎 "That Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield will continue their support for a truly regional transit system.

  • "We are already seeing the impact of high service transit on development in the city, and now it's starting to show up in Henrico as high-density residential growth built along transit nodes has exploded. Further investments in our transit system will feed that economic development even more." β€” Ronald J.
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