GRTC Pilot Program

Woman standing at a GRTC Pulse stop

Virginia Commonwealth University has entered into a one-year service agreement with The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) to provide unlimited transportation access on the GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and regular local and express fixed-route bus service for all VCU, VCU Health System, and Virginia Premier ID holders at no cost to the rider.

This transportation initiative, led by Vice President Meredith Weiss and her administration, was recommended in a recently completed campus wide parking and transportation study of the ONE VCU Master Plan and is managed through VCU Parking and Transportation.

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The program will operate as a pilot for the upcoming academic year — Aug. 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019. The Campus Connector will continue to provide intracampus transportation service with existing stops through the end of the year. However, beginning in spring 2019, the service will transition to an ‘express’ route. Shuttles to the remote parking facilities (A, I, M, R lots) will continue to service these locations as normal.

For more details, please read the press release and check out the story on VCU News. 

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GRTC 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.

MCV Campus: April 18- 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. (Northside to VCU)
MCV Campus: April 18- 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. (Southside to VCU)
Monroe Park Campus: April 24- 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. (East End to VCU)
Monroe Park Campus: April 24- 1 p.m.- 2 p.m. (West End to VCU)


Effective Sunday, February 24, all students and employees will be required to utilize your issued VCU/GRTC GO Pass in addition to your VCU, VCU Health or Virginia Premier ID card to ride GRTC under the pilot program.  

View a campus map of Connector Express, Pulse and Route 5 stops: Monroe Park and MCV Campus Bus Map [PDF]


How do I take advantage of the ride privileges?
I've received my VCU/GRTC GO Pass. How do I use it?
How can I be issued a replacement GO Pass?
Who can participate in the program?
I'm a VCU affiliate. How can I request a GO Pass?
What if I don’t have my ID card?
Will RamRide still be in operation?
I’ve never ridden a GRTC bus before. How do I ride?
Can I bring a bike onto GRTC buses?
How can I get route and schedule information?
How often do the Pulse and Route 5 buses arrive?
Are GRTC buses ADA-friendly?
Which route(s) should I take to travel between VCU’s campuses?
Can I ride any GRTC bus? What is the difference between GRTC and PULSE?
Can my guest ride GRTC under this pilot program?
How can I be notified of impacts to service?
Can I still ride GRTC on university breaks?
How will VCU ensure safety on GRTC buses?
What will happen after the one-year pilot 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 pilot?
What is the cost of this partnership?