Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project Approved

~ Mayor Jones calls vote ‘major milestone’ for the City of Richmond ~

Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued the following statement following successful passage of a city ordinance authorizing the Chief Administrative Officer to execute a development agreement for the Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project:

“This evening’s vote marks a major milestone for the city of Richmond and our region. Since 2009, we have worked in support of the implementation of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to provide our residents with greater mobility and access to jobs, education and healthcare. The project that was approved tonight meets those goals and is an important first step toward a region-wide rapid transit system. Our BRT project – the “Pulse” -- is not only an investment in our present, this is an investment in our future.

“The Pulse will be a stimulus for job growth, creating nearly 400 jobs within the City of Richmond and stimulating nearly $35 million in economic impact. The project also supports our environmental sustainability goals, as it will help reduce our carbon footprint.

“I wish to thank the Richmond City Council and all those who have shown leadership and collaboration over the years on this effort. I look forward to continuing our close collaboration as this project advances, to further foster a united vision for our city.”