CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — For the first time in history, Chesterfield County will have a full-scale bus line with GRTC.
The proposed Chesterfield line would run on U.S. Route 1 from the Food Lion north of Chippenham Parkway to John Tyler Community College.
A couple of the potential stops include: Falling Creek Apartments, Executive Inn & Suites, Winchester Gardens, Food Lion, and Dollar Tree.
The estimated project cost is over $2 million, which includes a marketing campaign, two years of service, two bus leases, transit stop signs, benches, trash cans, and transit stop pads.
Chesterfield County and GRTC have considered alternative routes including expanding Route 3B or choosing between two versions of the standalone route from Food Lion to John Tyler.
A stand-alone route which would only exist in Chesterfield County and connect up to the Food Lion in the city of Richmond and customers coming from the Chesterfield County route would then connect on to the city route.”Carrie Rose Pace, GRTC’s Director of Communications
Extending the Route 3B would result in no forced transfers. However, it would impact the on-time performance of bus line and there would be no branding opportunities, officials said in a presentation.
Officials noted the pros and cons of the two versions. They said what’s good about the standalone route is that it does not have an impact on Route 3B. The con, however, is that riders would be forced to transfer to Route 3B at the Food Lion.
Chesterfield residents told 8News the service can’t start fast enough.
“It’s not fun having to walk an hour and a half to work and back from work every day and the weather and whatnot,” Michael Fox said, adding that the proposed line would make it easier and safer to get around.
A public information meeting will be held in October. GRTC and Chesterfield County anticipate the new bus line will start running in March 2020.