Governor McDonnell declares State of Emergency in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. This long duration storm has potential to produce extensive power outages; significant flooding. Individuals with disabilities who require assistance with transportation to a city Emergency Relief Shelter should call 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000.
GRTC Sets Additional Route to Transport Residents to Shelters
The City of Richmond has designated two Emergency Relief Shelters for city residents to utilize if they expect to be displaced by the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Major power outages have been predicted throughout this prolonged weather event, and total rainfall is expected to reach 5 to 8 inches.
Two shelters are presently open and operating as of 8 a.m. this morning. The shelters are located at Linwood Holton Elementary School on the Northside (1600 West Laburnum Ave.) and J. H. Blackwell Elementary on the Southside (1600 Everett Street). GRTC is providing transportation to the emergency relief shelters as needed. Residents needing transportation to the shelters should look for the buses marked “Special” on the following routes:
Bus 1: Start at Chimborazo going west to 21st Street to Princess Anne Ave. to Whitcomb Street to Ford Ave. back to Mechanicsville Tnpk. to Fairfield Way to 17th Street to Broad and then west to Malvern and turn right to Laburnum Ave. to Linwood Holton School.
Bus 2: Start at Harrison Street and Main Street to Colorado Avenue to Meadow Street to Idlewood Ave. to Robinson to Main to Nansemond to Cary Street east on Cary Street to McCloy Street to Douglasdale Road to the Boulevard to Linwood Holton School.
Bus 3: Start at Jeff Davis Hwy. and Wamsley Boulevard to Semmes Ave. left to Forest Hill Ave. to Hug. School (no stop at Wall Mart) turn around and go back down Forest Hill Ave. to Semmes Ave. to Commerce Road to Maury Street to Blackwell School.
Bus 4: Start at Hull Street and Belt Blvd., west to Chippenham Parkway to Midlothian Tnpk. to Hull Street to 16th Street to Blackwell School.
Bus 5: Start at 1st Street and Front Street, go through the #34 route to Brookland Park Blvd., right to North Ave., turn right to Brook Road, turn right to Azalea Ave., right to Chamberlayne Ave. to Brookland Park Blvd. to North Ave., right to 1st Street to Leigh Street, to N. Boulevard, to Laburnum Avenue, to Linwood Holton School.
Each route will begin every hour on the hour beginning at each starting point.
Additionally, GRTC Route #74 Oak Grove will take residents to the Southside Shelter (Blackwell). The Oak Grove bus will be running its regular route, but residents traveling to the shelter may identify themselves, and will not be charged a fee.
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