A study just released by the Wilder School’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis says GRTC’s recent efforts to be more inclusive still leave low-income households without adequate transportation. The study is very positive about Pulse and the Short Pump Connection.
Director Fabrizio Fasulo says 2018 saw more expansion of public transportation in the region since the Trolley Cars.
“What we found is GRTC really seized the moment of this forward-thinking conversation, and pushed the envelope with both the Pulse and the re-route."
Still, he says the study shows transit accessibility for low income households has not yet improved for high connectivity routes, but:
“Oh, there is no doubt we are going to a better place in terms of public transportation. To give two examples, extending GRTC route to Short Pump or going all the way to Chesterfield. Those are two massive improvement for the region as a whole.”
He says the 2018 GRTC rerouting represents the first major transit network update in 80 years, but increased connectivity to low income neighborhoods should not be overlooked.