Registrar office

Departure of the GRTC shuttle between the town hall and the civil status office for the early voting

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – GRTC will be offering free rides to the new Richmond Registrar’s office for an early vote and Wednesday marked the first day of the new shuttle service.

Carrie Rose Race, director of communications for the GRTC, said the shuttles will stop at 9th and Marshall on the north side of City Hall and at Broad and Robinson on the north side of the street near the Science Museum of Virginia.

“They’re lighter in weight and they’re really easy to get out of more difficult situations where the registrar’s office is,” said GRTC spokesperson Carrie Rose Pace. “It’s in a smaller place.”

The small van can use narrow roads, including the entrance to the registrar’s office. Voters will be picked up on the west side of City Hall and on Broad and Robinson in front of the Science Museum of Virginia.

“It is important to maintain the use of public access to these public destinations,” Pace said.

On board, passengers will need to wear masks and used hand sanitizer located at the back of the bus.

The requirement is not too great for Donna Hughbanks, however, as Wednesday marked the first day she took the shuttle to register as a volunteer at the polls.

“It was on time. It was a nice, comfortable ride, not too crowded under the circumstances, but other than that it was a very enjoyable trip, ”said Hughbanks.

The rave reviews are good news for the GRTC family.

“It was awesome,” Rose said. “We needed it for people who don’t have transportation.

The shuttles will start at Town Hall at 7.45am on weekdays and will run once an hour. The last trip will leave the premises of the registration desk at 5.30 p.m. In addition to weekdays, trips will take place two Saturdays in October. The shuttle will start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. on October 24 and 31. The shuttle service will be available Monday through Friday, until October 31.