RICHMOND, Va (WRIC)– City of Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced today that the city has created the Office of Equitable Transit and Mobility.
The new office will be part of the Department of Public Works and will design and implement a vision for a connected, safe and equitable transit and mobility infrastructure, explained the Mayor’s office in a press release.
“The Office of Equitable Transit and Mobility will tackle the big and small issues that affect the bus commutes, walks and bike rides of our multi-modal residents,” according to the press release. “This work is vital to building a connected city.”
A few goals listed in the office’s portfolio include:
- Extending universal free bus fares;
- Liaising with the Central Virginia Transportation Authority;
- Connecting existing walkways, bike lanes and other multi modal infrastructure to improve last mile connectivity for commuting Richmonders.
The office does not require new funding or action by Richmond City Council. Current City of Richmond employees working on multimodal transportation will make up the office.
“The creation of this office will undoubtedly expand this city’s ability to enhance our multimodal infrastructure,” said City Council President Cynthia Newbille in the release. “I look forward to Richmond City Council collaborating with Ms. Clarke to complete streets all around the city.”
The office will be administered by Dironna Moore Clarke, a 15-year transit professional and current City of Richmond Multimodal Transportation Manager.