Travel and transporation
Q: Are there travel restrictions? Who approves travel requests?
A: University-sponsored international travel for faculty and staff, as well as for graduate and professional students for whom international travel is essential to fulfilling academic degree requirements, to U.S. Department of State Level 1 or 2 countries must be approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Vice President for Health Sciences and CEO of VCU Health System. University-sponsored travel to Level 3 or 4 countries remains suspended.
University-sponsored domestic travel out of state for clinical and research purposes is permissible with the approval of the senior vice president for health sciences or the provost for faculty and staff. Students should work with their departments to seek approval.
Members of the VCU community are encouraged to limit personal travel. We encourage students and employees to refer to the CDC and U.S. Department of State to be fully informed of potential health risks and the most up-to-date travel requirements and restrictions that may be in place.
Q: Will Parking and Transportation offer any temporary parking options?
A: Yes. In the event the long-term VCU parking permit does not meet your needs, daily/hourly parking is available at several parking facilities. Additionally, students and employees may purchase a two-week permit for designated locations online at https://vcu.t2hosted.com/Account/Portal.
Q: What if I don’t want to ride GRTC? How can I travel between campuses?
A: In addition to GRTC, VCU Parking and Transportation is operating a temporary physical distancing shuttle to support VCU community members with increased safety concerns. The shuttle travels to Cabell Library, One Capitol Square and VCU Health Sciences Research Building, and physical distancing measures in addition to face mask requirements are enforced. You can learn more about the shuttle at go.vcu.edu/vcushuttle.
Q: What additional safety precautions is GRTC taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
A: GRTC has taken additional safety measures to help ensure the well-being of drivers and passengers during COVID-19. Some of their most recent safety efforts include:
- implementing enhanced daily bus cleaning procedures,
- installing sanitizer dispensers on all vehicles,
- redistributing buses from low-ridership routes to high-ridership local routes to help promote physical distancing,
- disinfecting high-traffic areas periodically with Steriphene aerosol disinfectant and
- encouraging more frequent staff testing.
GRTC also requires all passengers to wear face masks or nose and mouth coverings while riding. Passengers without masks may be asked to exit the bus. You can learn more about how GRTC is responding to COVID-19 at ridegrtc.com/news-initiatives/news-updates/grtc-and-covid-19-coronavirus.
Q: Will my parking be reimbursed if I’m telecommuting?
A: Parking deductions/payments will not be reimbursed. If you will not be on campus for an extended period of time, you may cancel your parking subscription and reinstate it when you return. If you are only on campus for select periods, you have the option to maintain a monthly subscription, purchase 2-week passes when you need them, or purchase a daily parking permit as you need it. You can learn more about these options at https://parking.vcu.edu/parking/faculty-and-staff/options-and-rates/.
Q: Are masks, physical distancing and other safety protocols required on campus shuttles?
A: Protecting riders’ health and safety throughout this pandemic is a priority. On RamRide, RamSafe and the physical distancing shuttle, occupancy has been reduced to 50 percent and masks are required to ride. Passengers will not be permitted on these buses without a mask.
Additionally, the following procedures have been established across VCU’s transit system:
- All buses are sanitized prior to going into service each day by electrostatic fogging of the bus interiors.
- All high contact areas on each bus are cleaned often during the day with 70 percent or greater alcohol-based wipes.
- Drivers are required to wear face masks as well as any additional PPE that is issued by the transportation vendor.
- Drivers are to avoid interactions with passengers.
- The first row of seats on each side of the bus aisle are unavailable for riders.
- Bus capacity (available seats) has been reduced to 50 percent.
- Bus seats are clearly identified as “available” or “not available.”
- Drivers are not permitted to wait for passengers who are not physically present at the designated bus stop.