RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The City of Richmond is planning to develop a transportation policy guide titled Path to Equity: Policy Guide for Richmond Connects. While the guide is still in the works, the city is hosting engagement events and opening a survey to gauge the public’s experiences with transportation.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney held a press conference about the city’s launch of the public engagement period on Tuesday.
As part of the city’s “path to equity” the survey will gather information about transportation injustices residents have experienced and what barriers still stand in the way of them accessing transportation.
Once the guide is completed and includes city goals for transportation, meets the master plan objectives and states which equitable outcomes are desired the city will begin the multimodal transportation planning process. The process is projected to start in the fall.
According to a release from the city, “Richmond Connects, using the framework developed in the Path to Equity Policy Guide, will ultimately prioritize needs and recommend transportation projects and programs for the city. It will align a variety of recommendations from various plans around what residents see as the community’s top transportation needs.”
Dironna Clarke, with the Office of Equitable Transit Mobility, say they’re using a more innovative approach to engage with the community on this project.
“We’re bringing the engagement to you, out to the community,” she said.
There will be community engagement events held where people can fill out the survey and get free tacos from a taco truck. These events will all be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:
- June 26 at the Calhoun Community Center
- July 17 at Byrd Park
- July 31 at Blackwell pool
The first 250 people at each event will receive a voucher for tacos.
“Public engagement is exciting, they make it exciting,” Stoney said.
People can fill out the transportation survey online at the Office Equitable Transit and Mobility webpage.
There will be survey kiosks and paper copies available around Richmond as well.
“We’re bringing the engagement to you, out to the community…” Clarke said. “We will be ready to capture those lived experiences of transportation injustices and barriers to access you may face.”