RVA Rapid Transit believes that regional transit is key to creating a thriving and inter-connected region where citizens can access greater opportunities, such as employment, workforce development, commerce, higher education, nutritious food, routine health care, and much more. A high-quality regional transit system is not only crucial to increasing human capital; it is key to attracting economic development and investment opportunities, a talented workforce, and is associated with increased property values. RVA Rapid Transit uses education, organizing, and advocacy to encourage additional investment in a high-quality, frequent, and far-reaching regional transit system. For the purposes of this plan we define the Richmond region as including the localities dictated by the Greater RVA Transit Vision Plan.
2019 Riders Agenda
The 2019 Riders Agenda will combine qualitative and quantitative data into a single report describing the current state of Richmond’s regional transit system, as well as highlighting opportunities for improvements. This report will set both the baseline public transportation expectations for our region’s decisions makers and RVA Rapid Transit’s advocacy agenda for the next 12 months. The Riders Agenda will highlight transit stories, challenges, and successes from a diverse group of Richmonders, while also scoring the existing transportation system on a set of quantitative metrics.
In order to spur greater awareness and understanding of the links between public transportation and health in metro Richmond, RVA Rapid Transit is working on a project entitled “RVA Rides: Health & Mobility in Metro Richmond.” This project aims to hear, record, and broadly share the views and interests of current bus riders, as well as others living beyond its present reach, in regards to public transportation and its impact on their everyday lives. RVA Rides places particular emphasis on public transit’s connections to social determinates of health, including access to work, nutritious food, community, recreation, affordable housing, and routine medical care. This project entails four phases: rider surveys, focused community conversations, in-depth interviews, and video creation.