Henrico is one of only two counties in Virginia to own and operate its secondary road system. The excellent road system and transportation planning has reduced commuting times to work from 1980 to 1990. Henrico County is one of the few metropolitan areas in the United States to shorten commuting time. The average commute is about 21 minutes.
Throughout Virginia, our transportation system has been expertly designed and implemented by the Virginia Department of Transportation. This state agency is responsible for providing safe and efficient transportation on the third largest state-maintained highway system in the country.
RideFinders works to move more commuters in fewer vehicles around the Central Virginia region. RideFinders efforts help increase the efficiency of our transportation infrastructure, improve the air we breathe, enhance the quality of life, and sustain a healthy economy.
The GRTC Transit System was incorporated in 1973 for the purpose of providing public transportation service in the Greater Richmond area. GRTC Transit System provides fixed-route bus service, curb-to-curb paratransit (advanced reservation) service for disabled persons and specialized services such as CARE, C-VAN, Chesterfield LINK and RideFinders.
Richmond International Airport is the gateway to central Virginia. Richmond International Airport has evolved into one of the most modern and well-equipped airports in the eastern United States.
Nine air carriers currently serve Richmond International Airport with non-stop flights to 21 destinations and connecting flights to destinations worldwide. Nearly 3.3 million passengers used Richmond International Airport in 2006 and that number continues to grow, as does the amount of air service being provided.
Richmond International Airport also experienced a dramatic increase in cargo activities over the past 10 years. In 2006, Richmond International Airport handled over 115 million pounds of cargo. Cargo services offered at Richmond International Airport include over 100,000 s.f. of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 s.f. of apron space. The entire airport is designated a Foreign Trade Zone.
Amtrak operates over 20 trains daily in Virginia. These include the Regional service to Richmond and Newport News as well as the following long-distance trains:
- The Auto Train (daily Lorton, Va.- Sanford, Fla.)
- The Cardinal (tri-weekly New York-Washington, DC-Charlottesville-Cincinnati-Chicago)
- The Crescent (daily New York-Charlottesville-Atlanta-New Orleans)
- The Palmetto (daily New York-Richmond-Savannah)
- The Silver Meteor (daily New York-Richmond-Miami)
- The Silver Star (daily New York-Richmond-Tampa-Miami)
Amtrak also operates one shorter-distance train through Virginia, the Carolinian (daily New York-Richmond-Charlotte).
Most people know that the Richmond Metropolitan Authority (RMA) operates toll roads in the Richmond area. While RMA also own and maintain several parking decks and The Diamond, and manage Main Street Station, they do operate local toll roads — but not all of them. The RMA Toll Roads are:
- The Downtown Expressway (State Route 195) from Meadow Street east to the I-95 Interchange
- The Powhite Parkway from Idlewood Avenue south to and ending at Chippenham Parkway
- The Boulevard Bridge (aka the “Nickel Bridge”)
Smart Tag and E-ZPass are automatic, electronic toll collection systems that have joined forces to quickly and efficiently move traffic through toll facilities in Virginia and along much of the East Coast. Click here for information.