TRANSPORTATION

If you've been following the entry of the electric scooter rental industry into Virginia, you know there's Bird Rides, which has taken a brute force approach to doing business in Norfolk and Richmond, paying thousands in impound fees just to put its scooters back on the streets to get...
Fresh from getting run out of Richmond by the city's aggressive towing contractor, an electric scooter rental company popped up in Norfolk on Thursday, according to The Virginian-Pilot.Authorities in Norfolk appear to be acting even quicker than Richmond to get the scooters, which people can rent for $1 with...
GRTC Transit System CEO David Green left the bus company last week after overseeing the biggest transformation of public transit in Richmond since 1948, when the city torched its old trolley cars in a grand pyre and switched to buses.The company launched its new flagship service, the Pulse, a...
That didn't last long.This morning, about 100 electric scooters that people can rent using a smartphone app had been dropped on sidewalks around downtown Richmond and VCU.By close of business, city officials said they were rounding up the scooters because the company hadn't gotten permission to roll out the...
Update: A Bird spokeswoman says the company's entry into Richmond is only temporary. She described it in an email this afternoon as a "pop up" timed to coincide with the beginning of fall classes at VCU. But she didn't respond to questions about what exactly the company means by pop...
A $1.2 million deal to get VCU students, faculty and staff on city buses in Richmond includes a contractual requirement that GRTC Transit System increase the frequency of its new bus rapid transit line, the Pulse.And under the contract, if GRTC doesn't pull it off, VCU can walk.As launched...
Bus service in Richmond has long been treated like a form of welfare for the very poor, says Ben Campbell, a longtime transit advocate who now sits on the board of GRTC Transit System.And, as a result, he says it’s been funded and operated as such — largely neglected,...
Virginian-Pilot reporter Ana Ley got an earful from Portsmouth's elected commissioner of the revenue while she was trying to pry loose neighborhood-specific information on meal, beverage and retail tax revenues for a story published Wednesday.“You’ve taken up a lot of time – taxpayer dollars – trying to respond to...