On October 13 and 14, a delegation of public, business, and civic leaders from Greater Baltimore visited Richmond, Virginia to learn about the Greater Richmond Transit Company’s (GRTC) transformative Pulse Bus Rapid Transit System. This trip builds on Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) and the Greater Washington Partnership’s (the Partnership) joint Baltimore’s Transit Future campaign. Member of the Board and Chair of the GBC Transportation and Mobility Committee Jon Laria and other Greater Baltimore leaders participated in the visit.
While in Richmond, the Baltimore contingent had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) to learn about Richmond’s Pulse system, its development, and how a bus rapid transit system works. Attendees were able to tour several transit stops as well as ride the Pulse.
Baltimore leaders met with regional business, civic, and elected leaders to discuss how bus rapid transit can promote economic and community development, and how important institutional support is for transit progress and expansion. In addition, PlanRVA, the Richmond regional planning agency, and GRTC shared the impact of the Pulse on the region’s strategy for growth.
Before catching Amtrak’s 138 Northeast Regional back to Baltimore, the attendees discussed how the region can benefit from the lessons learned in Richmond.