All VCU, VCU Health System and Virginia Premier students and employees have unlimited transportation access on GRTC's Pulse Bus Rapid Transit, local and express routes thanks to a multi-year agreement with GRTC.
The GRTC network provides VCU students and employees greater access to VCU, VCU Health and the entire Richmond region. In addition to connecting the Monroe Park and MCV Campuses, students and employees can access doctors, shopping malls, parks, arts, restaurants, community resources and more. Plus, commuters can use GRTC to get to and from campus every day and save money on parking, fuel and tolls. Learn more about the benefits of using GRTC.
Due to bus driver staffing shortages locally, Richmond’s GRTC Transit system announced service adjustments starting December 19.
These adjustments are expected to be temporary, ending during the spring semester, and increase overall service reliability for passengers across all impacted routes. In the meantime, VCU will explore all sustainable alternatives should GRTC staffing challenges present longer-term impacts to intra-campus transportation service.
GRTC will reduce headways by five to 15 minutes for the two primary routes that connect VCU’s campuses. Temporary bus schedules are as follows:
- Pulse service will be every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and every 30 minutes from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Route 5 service will be every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.
During GRTC's zero-fare period, students and employees can ride GRTC without presenting a VCU ID card or GO Pass to the driver. Simply find your bus and ride! We will notify the VCU community when the requirement to present VCU ID cards is reinstated.
GRTC has taken additional safety measures to help ensure the well-being of drivers and passengers during COVID-19.
- Daily disinfecting on high touch surfaces
- Ridership promoted for essential trips only
- Open windows during travel
- Sanitizer available on board for passengers
- Zero fare implemented
- Face masks required to ride
- Frequent staff testing
- Bus redistribution from low-ridership routes to high-ridership local routes to promote physical distancing
Learn more about how GRTC is battling COVID-19 at http://ridegrtc.com/news-initiatives/news-updates/grtc-and-covid-19-coronavirus.