Travel and transportation
Q: Are there travel restrictions? Who approves travel requests?
A: As of May 12, 2021 for faculty and staff, and effective Aug. 15, 2021 for students, university-sponsored international travel for essential purposes (see definition below) to U.S. Department of State Level 1 or 2 countries is permitted. Employees are reminded to coordinate travel through their department and VCU Procurement, and students must coordinate international travel plans through the Global Education Office (GEO).
University-sponsored international travel for essential purposes (see definition below) to U.S. Department of State Level 3 countries will be considered by petition to VCU's International Travel Advisory Committee. A final decision will be made by the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs or the senior vice president for health sciences and CEO of VCU Health System and communicated by GEO. Employees should not complete the travel pre-approval process in ChromeRiver until final approval of the petition has been granted. This petition process does not replace fiscal/administrative levels of approval for travel, and exists for travel review only. Student petitions may be completed here and employee petitions can be found here. Petition questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel to U.S. Department of State Level 4 countries is not permitted.
Refer to the University-sponsored Travel information found on the Public Health Measures page of this website for more details.
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 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 and RamSafe, 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.