To be a world class city, Richmond needs world class opportunities. More than providing adequate access to employment throughout the region, this city needs opportunities for all of its citizens.
I would love to think that one day, I would be able to hop on a bus near our home to ride downtown to see the Flying Squirrels play.
Or visit the Children’s Museum.
Or go to an event at The National or Centerstage.
A comprehensive transportation system is good for the wellbeing of the region and the memories it provides.
I have a very clear memory of my days riding the city bus in Richmond, and I was fortunate enough to be departing from and heading toward locations in the city serviced by the modern day bus route.
I boarded the bus on a commuter route from the Near West End, transferred at City Hall and rode with patrons departing the city’s welfare office on their way home to Church Hill. Two worlds collided as I switched buses.
On a rainy, fall day, I hopped off the bus a few blocks from my final destination and set off down the sidewalk. Crossing the next street, I bounced between puddles — and missed. I landed squarely in it, and my shoes and pants were drenched. I walked around barefoot for the rest of the morning with my pants rolled halfway to my knees.
An inconvenience? Yes. A memory? Quite certainly.
I don’t recall the last time I captured such a vivid memory while driving a car.
What’s your transportation story?