In an effort to provide more efficient access to public transportation in the East End, GRTC announced a sweeping new initiative to introduce a fleet of self-driving buses to the Pulse.
“We realized the limitations of human driving in reaching our stated goal of providing Pulse service every 10 minutes,” says Beth Autobüs of GRTC, “Automated driving was clearly the best next step for the Pulse.”
The move toward automation began earlier this year, but budget cuts have limited GRTC’s ability to invest in the self-driving technology needed to realize its strategic plan. “We’re excited for this next stage of the Pulse,” says Autobüs, “but we realize we need to start small. We believe Richmond residents will understand the service changes needed to introduce this project.”
Pulse service will run on East on Broad St. between 18th to 20th from 7 AM to 10 AM and 4 PM to 6 PM until further notice. During these hours, the right lane will become bus-only lanes. Don’t be alarmed, when you see a bus moving swiftly backward, that’s just efficiency at its finest!
GRTC asked us to get community feedback on this exciting new plan, please let us know what you think in the comments below.