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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – GRTC and Henrico County leaders celebrated the largest bus service expansion in Henrico County this year with a street party at St. Joseph’s Villa on Wednesday. The new Route 1, which now extends north to Parham Road in Henrico, is expected to bring 20,000 riders to the route each month.

Previously, GRTC Route 1 took riders from downtown Richmond along Chamberlayne Avenue to Azalea Avenue. The new route will take riders along Brooke Road to Parham and then on to the Henricio campus of Reynolds Community College.

“This new Line 1, running right here along Brooke Road, means more access to our community and for our community,” said Rev. Roscoe Cooper, Fairfield’s representative on the Henrico Board of Supervisors.

“This speaks volumes about how federal officials, folks at the state level and folks like Roscoe at the local level are really emphasizing the need for infrastructure, but also different types of infrastructure to make sure we integrate our communities and get people where they need to go,” said State Senator Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico).

GRTC will extend Route 1 further into Henrico later this year. Starting in October, passengers will be able to travel to the Virginia Center Commons and the new Henrico Sports and Events Center.

“This is a milestone for us to be able to go to Virginia Center Commons in October, which will then be connected to our microtransit service. This means a regional connection from our Ashland microtransit zone all the way down. This could probably go all the way to Chesterfield, which is huge for this region,” said Adrienne Torres, GRTC chief of staff.

Adien Hurt is 19 years old and said that many of his friends do not have cars and that is why he welcomes the expanded bus service.

“I think that’s great, especially for people who don’t have transportation. It really helps those people get where they need to go,” Hurt said. “Thousands of cars are on the road, it’s probably better to just take the bus. If more people can do that, instead of one person per car, I’d rather have 20 people on a bus, it just saves a lot.”

For more information about GRTC Route 1, click here.

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