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GRTC suspends Broad Street service in anticipation of march

Posted at 10:38 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 12:23:09-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- GRTC has suspended some bus service along Broad Street in anticipation of a protest march believed to stretch from Short Pump to downtown Richmond.

If that is the route, it would take marchers between five and six hours to walk the 16-mile distance.

Neither Henrico Police, nor Richmond Police have released information about the march. Posts about it have been made to social media.

“A planned pedestrian protest will walk east on Broad St. from Short Pump Town Center in Henrico County to the City of Richmond. The protest is scheduled to begin at Noon, but GRTC expects pedestrian activity may begin earlier. For the safety of these pedestrians, GRTC staff and passengers, GRTC will suspend bus travel in the protest area,” a GRTC spokesperson shared.

The bus service suspension impacts Route 19 on West Broad St. between Willow Lawn and West Broad Marketplace.

“The last westbound Route 19 bus leaving from Willow Lawn will be at 9 a.m.,” GRTC advised. “This bus will travel the entire route, including its return trip eastbound to Willow Lawn. This means the last eastbound Route 19 bus leaving from Aldi and Bon Secours Parkway will be at 10:10 a.m.”

Route 19 customers in need of service after buses are suspended at bus stops along Route 19 should call GRTC Customer Service at 804-358-4782.

“There is no known end time for this protest. Therefore, customers should prepare for prolonged service disruptions on the Route 19 in Henrico County,” the GRTC spokesperson continued. “As the protest moves into the City of Richmond, there may be more service delays and detours around any pedestrian protestor activity, including on the GRTC Pulse.”

This is a developing story.