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RICHMOND, Va. — Some changes have been made to the proposed GRTC Bus Rapid Transit, known as the “GRTC Pulse.”

If completed, the plan would create a new rapid bus line between Rockett’s Landing in the East End of Henrico County and Willow Lawn in the West End.

It would run every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes during off-peak hours. According to GRTC, the bus line could carry you between those two points in 28-31 minutes.

The 10-member Urban Design Committee, an advisory board to the City’s Planning Commission, approved GRTC’s early “30 percent plan.”

Part of the design, which will allow for rapid travel without stops, will take away over 20 left-hand turns, and take away one lane of Broad Street on both sides of the road.

Over 300 parking spots will be repurposed, less than the amount which was originally proposed.

GRTC held a series of public meetings to get feedback on the plan, which has been met with support and opposition.

Today the committee defended the changes saying it could help grow business along West Broad.

The route will be $1.50 when it begins running in late 2017.