From: Virginia Tech Alternative Transportation Department

Many students may be wondering about the easiest and cheapest way to get home for breaks and the holidays. Don’t wait until the last minute to secure a ride. 

The Virginia Tech Alternative Transportation Department encourages students to take advantage of the many different options available for getting home on break.  

Within Blacksburg and the local area: 

  • Blacksburg Transit: Blacksburg Transit (BT) is the local bus system that services Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Passengers can also use BT to make connections to other bus lines, with routes connecting to Radford, Roanoke, and Washington, D.C. BT is free to students and employees who present a Hokie passport. 

  • Smart Way: the Smart Way Bus provides service between the Roanoke Valley and the Virginia Tech Blacksburg campus (including the Blacksburg-Roanoke Regional Airport) for $4 each way. Note that the service does not run at the airport on Sundays.

Around Virginia and beyond:

  • Abbott HomeRide: Abbot HomeRide is a university-coordinated charter bus that provides students with holiday break service from Blacksburg to Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, and Hampton. Tickets start at $53 one-way.

  • Virginia Breeze: The Virginia Breeze is an intercity bus service connecting Blacksburg, Virginia with Union Station in Washington, D.C. The daily route includes several stops in the New River Valley, Shenandoah Valley, and Northern Virginia.

  • Amtrak: Amtrak's closest train station to Virginia Tech is in Roanoke. To get there from campus, select Blacksburg as the starting point on the Amtrak site and a Smart Way bus fare from the Squires stop will be included in the price of the ticket. 

  • OurBus: OurBus is an intercity bus service connecting Blacksburg to Union Station in Washington, D.C. Buses depart Friday - Monday from Lane Stadium, and there are stops in Salem and Tysons Corner.

  • CollegeTransit: CollegeTransit is a bus service that provides students with holiday break transportation between Lane Stadium and metro areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Other options:

  • RIDE Solutions: Faculty, staff, and students can take advantage of free carpool matching through RIDE Solutions. RIDE Solutions makes finding carpool partners easy by maintaining a database of people who are interested in carpooling. Membership is free and provides access to regional carpool matching, a Guaranteed Ride Home program, contests, incentives, and more.

  • Commute Planning Request Form: The Alternative Transportation Department offers to personalize commutes to people interested in using alternative transportation but don’t exactly know where to start. Submit a form here

For more information or for any questions, please contact the Alternative Transportation Department at gettingaround@vt.edu or 540-231-2116. Visit the department at 1330 Perry Street inside the Perry Street Garage.

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