To the Bottom and Back and “To the James and Back?”

To the Bottom and Back twitter responsePhil Riggan – James River News Hub

The To the Bottom and Back shuttle service is providing an easy and FREE connection between the city’s historic attractions, shopping and dining locations on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Picasso exhibit. “To the Museums and Back” is free, though donations are accepted.

I tweeted out today the idea and To the Bottom and Back that perhaps they should do a “To the River and Back” between Reedy Creek and Pony Pasture or from downtown to points on the river and they responded with “we’d need sponsors for that, but what a great idea!”

The Friends of the James River Park liked the idea (and @2BNB_RVA’s response) and would work to secure potential sponsorship. Two the Bottom and Back bus service is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. They have corporate sponsors who help defray the costs.

What do you think Richmond? Would 2BNB be a worthy solution? Would you use it for your next tubing day or to sun on the rocks? Sure would beat competing for a parking spot or driving under the influence (ahem, alcohol is not permitted in the park).


7 responses to “To the Bottom and Back and “To the James and Back?”

  1. Hear, hear! I think this is a great idea. I know a LOT of people do not go to the river because access sucks. Out of towners and even locals won’t or don’t know how to navigate down to the river resulting in a net loss of thousands of potential visitors. I think a shuttle would be great, particularly here on the North side, taking visitors from downtown hotels to Brown’s Island, Belle Isle, Tredegar Iron Works and to the Canal Walk. I think we have an obligation to make it EASY for people to get to the river.

    The River Reserve

  2. great idea! It would alleviate some of the over-crowding at those locations – plus increasing the regular appearances of valid users of the park may cut down on some of the petty (and not so petty) vandalism experienced by river users at those sites. I think it would especially help the parking situation – making the neighbors happier too. A win-win-win!

  3. I hear tons of ideas about what the buses could do, but the real push is always getting the funding to do it. The fact that they have to go get corporate sponsorship to run their buses is pretty sad considering I cant get a ride home on the weekend because the bus is packed. I asked one of the people running it how much they made in donations and they said it was something around the lines of 20-30 bucks a night. I know the price of gas and there is no way that could be cost effective for them, so they are forced to depend on the bars to keep them funded and running. Of course the VMFA is going to have the money to do a tourism tirp but who is going to pay for the river transit? Not the city for sure.

  4. While I do want to keep the parks free and public, I have no problem with making car users pay for parking, with proceeds going to run buses.

    Its already ridiculous how much City residents are paying to subsidize parking decks and amenities for people who come in from the counties, trash our streets and neighborhoods, and then have the gall to look down their nose at the City. (For more on that vein, look at the Broad Street CDA and other downtown white elephants).

    You want to be a ‘real Richmonder’ and enjoy the James River? Then pay to park your damn car down there (or travel by walking, bicycling, or riding a bus).

  5. I would SO do this! So much better than dealing with parking. Somebody sponsor them! Heck, I’d even pay a few bucks myself if I knew the option was there 🙂

  6. Phil,
    Thank you for the article “To The River and Back”. We all are so lucky to live in a city that anything is possible because of the residents amd historical treasures. I know that the demand is there for more buses and more routes. Hassle-free travel To The James and Back would be great! Throughout the day you would be able to enjoy all the wonderful things along the river. One thing that I would do different on this route is I would add bike racks , we could even have air compressors for tubing and rafting. Please support our sponsors. Remember we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so donations and sponsorship are key factors in making it possible. Founder, Jim Porter~

  7. Adding some sort of racks for kayaks would be awesome

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