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Questions and concerns remain as GRTC Pulse debut looms

 ​​​​​RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- The GRTC Pulse begins running along Broad Street in Richmond in less than two weeks, and many areas of the city are beginning to see lanes dedicated to the rapid transit system popping up.

Many Richmonders, however, still have questions and concerns as they wait for GRTC to unveil the long-awaited pulse corridor -- a 7.6-mile stretch connecting Willow Lawn in the city's west end to Rocketts Landing in the East End.

"I'm hoping more citizens of Richmond use it," VCU student Brian Jones said. "I think it will be really beneficial to the transportation system."

More than three miles of the route consists of bus-only lanes, which 8News found to be confusing drivers downtown.

The dotted lines near N. 1st Street signal a merge zone, but drivers seemed alarmed and confused as they approached the words 'Bus Only'  written in the road.

UPDATE: At the time this story aired, construction was taking place in downtown that may have affected the flow of traffic. The video that shows 

The travel lane turns into a bus-only lane, and drivers were unsure how to navigate. 

"I've seen some last-second mergers out of the bus lane, people not really expecting for the lane to change so quickly," Jones explained. 

"I think Richmond has worked really hard to develop this program, they've done really well with implementing extra crosswalks for pedestrians, so I think it will work well. I have faith in the city." -- VCU Student Brian Jones

While Jones remains optimistic, others are skeptical. 

"The idea is great, the concept might be great, but I just don't think Broad Street is big enough, wide enough for the pulse to be successful," Richmonder Mark Lee suggested.

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