GRTC Program

Woman standing at a GRTC Pulse stop

Virginia Commonwealth University signed a three-year paid agreement with the Greater Richmond Transit Company, effective August 1, 2019, to fund unlimited transportation access on Pulse Bus Rapid Transit, local and express routes for all VCU, VCU Health System and Virginia Premier students and employees.

This transportation initiative, led by Vice President Meredith Weiss and her administration, improves accessibility, connectivity and mobility--goals of the ONE VCU Master Plan--and is managed through VCU Parking and Transportation.

Riders should continue to present their GO Pass, receipt, and their VCU, VCU Health System or Virginia Premier identification card when riding the Pulse. A mobile pass is expected to be available for students and employees for the Fall 2019 semester, which will replace the physical GO Passes. Additionally, in an effort to eliminate redundant services and contribute to the cost of the new partnership, VCU will eliminate its current Campus Connector transportation service, effective July 1, 2019.

You can learn more about this partnership by viewing the online press release.


Note: Effective August 1, 2019, New and incoming students as well as students who have not been issued a GO Pass can ride GRTC by presenting your VCU ID card to the driver or enforcement officer (on Pulse) upon boarding. Students who currently have a GO Pass should continue to use this pass and your VCU ID card to ride. A mobile app, which will replace the GO Pass, will be available later this semester.


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Travel Training Sessions

Want to use GRTC but don't know how to navigate the system? We are hosting one-hour sessions with a GRTC travel trainer to cover how to use the GRTC bus system, navigating Pulse/Route 5 routes across campus, and commuting from Richmond's Northside, Southside, East End and West End to VCU's Monroe Park and/or MCV campuses. Choose the session that's right for you. 15 person max./ class.

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Why is VCU discontinuing the Campus Connector?
I’ve never ridden a GRTC bus before. How do I ride?
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Can I still ride GRTC on university breaks?
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What will happen after the three-year partnership period is over?
I bought a parking subscription, but now I would like to take the bus instead. Can I have my parking permit refunded?
Who should I contact regarding questions/concerns about the partnership?
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