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1 hour ago, eandslee said:

Looks like Chesterfield has approved funding to go toward extending the Powhite Parkway, which will eventually connect with Route 360 (Hull).  In addition, and on a related note, RBS just had an article that reported that Chesterfield purchased a ton of land (2,000 acres) around where the Powhite Parkway extension will run for a “future economic development opportunity.”  Would love to see the county land a major auto factory or something similar.  Anyway, here is the article on the Powhite Parkway extension:

 https://www.chesterfieldobserver.com/articles/supervisors-approve-funding-for-powhite-parkway-extension/

The RBS article I mentioned is here, but the Chesterfield Observer also published an article on the same thing:

https://richmondbizsense.com/2020/12/24/chesterfield-county-eda-spends-13m-to-secure-2000-acres-near-moseley/

The Chesterfield Observer article:

https://www.chesterfieldobserver.com/articles/eda-acquires-land-near-magnolia-green-for-13-million/
 

I guess Chesterfield (looking to not be out-done) might be looking to make major ripples in the local regional economy just like Henrico when they announced Green City.  I think major announcements like Green City help push all localities to move forward with ambitious projects not only so that they are not left out of the economic growth circle for the region, but also to offer the best for the citizens of their county.   In this way, competition amongst the counties/city is a good thing!  However, forget about them doing anything together!

The land that chesterfield purchased will never be anything industrial. As someone who grew up in he area close to this land, if something like a large manufacturing facility was proposed there, the amount of nimbyism would make the NIMBYs in the city look like weak. The powhite extension is a complete waste of money, as induced demand will only spur more single family residential development and add further gridlock to roads like Hull street and Midlothian turnpike and will make traffic on the powhite worse than it already is. Would have loved to see this money go towards building a light rail line down Midlothian turnpike to the village, where they just passed a plan to allow for higher densities and the creation of a street grid, but chesterfield is still the most backward thinking major county in the Richmond area.

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Amtrak just launched Northeast Regional Route 51 operating during commuting hours from Main Street Station to DC's Union Station and onward to Boston.  This route does not continue on to Williamsburg/

Almost hourly service daily between Richmond and Washington is coming, including to Main Street Station. This is such a HUGE deal for our local economy!!! https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/p

Buttigieg joins Northam to seal $3.7 billion deal to expand passenger rail between D.C., Richmond   Grabbed the highpoints, mostly copied it, and linked it below. Alexandria will be a key l

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I however welcome the powhite extension I just wish they had a major interstate going east and west in chesterfield like I-64 runs through henrico I think it would take away a lot of traffic off midlothian and hull street road. Just ashame all they have is a toll road had 288 and 95 but 95 doesn’t run through the heavier populated parts of chesterfield. Just wish they would have an East and west interstate in chesterfield.


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28 minutes ago, rjp212 said:

Richmond has received a grant to paint the BRT lanes Red according to Stoney’s State of Richmond Address. 

That should be a great visual improvement for pedestrians / drivers.

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Could GRTC buses be rolling down Route 60 to just west of Chesterfield Town Center soon?  Looks like it!  Amazing how far Chesterfield has come.  Ideally, this corridor (Route 60) would be perfect for a BRT/light rail line!

https://www.chesterfieldobserver.com/articles/chesterfield-explores-expanding-route-60-bus-line/

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5 hours ago, eandslee said:

Could GRTC buses be rolling down Route 60 to just west of Chesterfield Town Center soon?  Looks like it!  Amazing how far Chesterfield has come.  Ideally, this corridor (Route 60) would be perfect for a BRT/light rail line!

https://www.chesterfieldobserver.com/articles/chesterfield-explores-expanding-route-60-bus-line/

That would be great to see (BRT/light rail). Either way, getting the bus service extended is a good next step in the regional transit puzzle. Next up: 360?

I'm wondering through if the next logical BRT line would be something north/south that gets both the Chamberlayne Avenue/Brook Road corridor, Belvidere Street, Cowardin Avenue and U.S. 1 south corridor?

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Wasn't sure whether to post this here or in "off-topic" - but since its transportation related, I thought it might spark conversation here. Our friends on the RVA/Reddit page have gotten into some really interesting and lively discussion about the future of regional transit in Richmond - and hopes that one day RVA will have a light rail system. Some folks have posted their own concepts of what a regional light-rail system could look like - and there was one that was quite interesting that I found in a post from some time ago. (I'll post that below). Today, I saw this post about recalling RVA's classic electric streetcar system. RVA, of course, had the first fully operational streetcar system in the country, if I'm recalling my local history lessons from way back when. With Richmond beginning to really boom (especially the city itself), and emphasis placed on the current Pulse BRT line - and perhaps development of a second line with more to follow, I thought it might be interesting to revisit how streetcars ran in Richmond. And look at one proposal for an RVA rapid transit system that perhaps a generation or two down the road of Richmonders could see come into existence. 

Obviously prohibitive cost factors are perhaps the biggest obstacle to ever seeing something like a regional light rail system - and there would be NIMBYs I'm sure. Still, it's fun to look back at once was, and to speculate as to what could be.

 

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@I miss RVA this reminds me - I forgot where I signed up for this but I get these 'Richmond Urbanism Happy Hour' invites from the Richmond chapter of the American Planning Association once every other month or so - haven't attended in a while but I will share out here. They are free! This one is on 'Addressing Transportation Inequity' 

Richmond Urbanism Happy Hour: Addressing Transportation Inequity

Thu, April 1, 2021

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richmond-urbanism-happy-hour-addressing-transportation-inequity-tickets-147909295685

 

 The panel includes:

  • Louise Lockett Gordon, Director of Bike Walk RVA
  • Julie Timm, CEO of GRTC
  • Mariia Zimmerman, Principal at MZ Strategies
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30 minutes ago, whw53 said:

@I miss RVA this reminds me - I forgot where I signed up for this but I get these 'Richmond Urbanism Happy Hour' invites from the Richmond chapter of the American Planning Association once every other month or so - haven't attended in a while but I will share out here. They are free! This one is on 'Addressing Transportation Inequity' 

Richmond Urbanism Happy Hour: Addressing Transportation Inequity

Thu, April 1, 2021

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richmond-urbanism-happy-hour-addressing-transportation-inequity-tickets-147909295685

 

 The panel includes:

  • Louise Lockett Gordon, Director of Bike Walk RVA
  • Julie Timm, CEO of GRTC
  • Mariia Zimmerman, Principal at MZ Strategies

This looks really good! Thank so much for sharing it! I'll definitely sign up & check this out.

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Great news that this is being finalized. Hopefully Virginia has even more ambitious passenger rail plans in place so if the Biden administration opens up the billions being proposed for passenger rail expansion, Virginia can capitalize and expand service even more, such as building the s-line to Raleigh or implementing east-west service. For now, I definitely look forward to using the new services.

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I have been noticing that Amtrak has started running what appears to be a singular Super Liner car (two levels) on some of the Northeast Regional trains to/from Newport News.  Looks like it may have started yesterday.

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7 hours ago, Icetera said:

I have been noticing that Amtrak has started running what appears to be a singular Super Liner car (two levels) on some of the Northeast Regional trains to/from Newport News.  Looks like it may have started yesterday.

Confirmed that they started Sleeping Car service yesterday:
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City seems to have recently installed a few new ADA compliant sidewalk ramps throughout the city.  Also, new "stop for pedestrians" crosswalk pilons in the middle of the roads.   I've noticed a few drivers slow down or come to a stop to look for pedestrians. 

 I have been pleasantly surprised with the city's roll out of pedestrian/bicycle upgrades in the past year or so.   Potholes still continue to be an issue but they seem to be addressing that as well.

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39 minutes ago, rjp212 said:

City seems to have recently installed a few new ADA compliant sidewalk ramps throughout the city.  Also, new "stop for pedestrians" crosswalk pilons in the middle of the roads.   I've noticed a few drivers slow down or come to a stop to look for pedestrians. 

 I have been pleasantly surprised with the city's roll out of pedestrian/bicycle upgrades in the past year or so.   Potholes still continue to be an issue but they seem to be addressing that as well.

Saw this on the RVA/Reddit regarding the 'stop for pedestrian' pilons - the title of the post says it all. Unfortunately, so do the pictures. 
 

 

 

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That sign, on Brooklyn Park Blvd, is too close to  the cross street.  You  have to swing really wide to miss it when turning left onto Brooklyn Park Blvd.   You have to pull out quickly too to get onto the road.  The traffic is fast and it’s kinda hard to see very far in either direction.   Stop signs would be better here (or put it across the intersection so it doesn’t affect people turning left).  The bike lane is at the other side of this intersection anyway. 

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18 minutes ago, Brent114 said:

That sign, on Brooklyn Park Blvd, is too close to  the cross street.  You  have to swing really wide to miss it when turning left onto Brooklyn Park Blvd.   You have to pull out quickly too to get onto the road.  The traffic is fast and it’s kinda hard to see very far in either direction.   Stop signs would be better here.

While I appreciate the signs these are some great points.  We really need to convert more intersections to 4-way stops, especially along E. Main through Shockoe Bottom and Hull St. through Manchester.  These heavily trafficked 2-way streets are hazards to cross for both pedestrians and cars (which add yet more danger for pedestrians).

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I generally like these signs.  The one in this photo is just in the path of turning vehicles. 
Your choices are to hit the curb, hit the sign or do a two part turn in the middle of Brooklyn. Park Blvd :) 

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6 hours ago, Brent114 said:

I generally like these signs.  The one in this photo is just in the path of turning vehicles. 
Your choices are to hit the curb, hit the sign or do a two part turn in the middle of Brooklyn. Park Blvd :) 

I did not realize exactly which one we had been talking about but now I just happened to drive by it.  That thing is now flat.

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2 hours ago, Icetera said:

I did not realize exactly which one we had been talking about but now I just happened to drive by it.  That thing is now flat.

:man_facepalming:- I don't know why I'm laughing... but I am... 

 

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41 minutes ago, I miss RVA said:

:man_facepalming:- I don't know why I'm laughing... but I am... 

 

If it makes you feel better, Redditors report that a replacement has been installed.  Looks like they will have to be out there once per week at this rate!

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