Orleans BRT Station Area Plan | Richmond, VA

BRT Extension Paves the Way for Equitable TOD


The Greater Fulton Neighborhood is located in the southern portion of Richmond Virginia and hosts the Orleans Station, which is the terminus of the 7.6 mile bus rapid transit corridor called the Pulse BRT.  To determine the potential TOD opportunity within proximity of the station an Urban Design analysis and strategy was developed to ensure the greatest benefit to residents of the community.  A multi day charrette was conducted to listen to community members and identify issues and opportunities in the study area, collaboratively form design alternatives then vet them to create a preferred solution that incorporates a balance of land use, building form, multi-modal connectivity, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and public open space.


Leverage and enhance community assets to build a neighborhood that is culturally and physically connected, transformational, equitable, multi-modal, mixed-use, and designed for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.


  • Active complete streets creating a walkable community
  • Variety of housing choices
  • Mixed-use blocks transition from light industrial to single family development
  • New neighborhood gateway
  • Enhanced riverfront and park access
  • New road diets, traffic signals, and roundabouts
  • Improved connectivity to existing neighborhood and new development


Project Information

  • Client:  Smart Growth America
  • Project size/acres:  271 acres
  • Completed:  October 2016

Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP