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Taking the Smart Way or Smart Way Express bus to Roanoke?

Riders can now access real-time bus arrival and departure information through a new digital LED display at the Squires Alumni Mall Smart Way stop as well as a new app.

Valley Metro, the operator of the Smart Way and Smart Way Express bus services, recently launched its Real-time Transit Passenger Information (RTPI) service VMGO. VMGO provides real-time bus stop departure times via smartphone, personal computer, LED displays at high-volume bus stops, and by calling 540-982-2222.

The VMGO app for smartphone users can be downloaded at the Google Play store for Android users and App Store (iOS) for Apple users. 

Smart Way provides transportation between Squires Student Center and the Roanoke Valley for $4 each way.

The bus can be used to connect to the Roanoke Amtrak platform as well as the Roanoke Regional Airport Monday through Saturday. Smart Way offers a special transfer option to allow travelers returning to the airport on a Sunday to use the Roanoke/Blacksburg Airport Shuttle for $4. Monthly passes are available to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students for 25 percent off the normal price.

Smart Way Express is a commuter bus service that connects Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion in Roanoke.

The service is available on a first-come, first-served basis (at no cost) to anyone with a valid ID from Virginia Tech, Carilion Clinic, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, or Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Buses run Monday through Friday and stop at Goodwin Hall and Life Sciences on the Blacksburg Campus.

Please visit or or call 540-982-2222 for more details about the new VMGO service.

Please also feel free to reach out to the Virginia Tech Alternative Transportation Department with any questions at


LED Smart Way Departure Information Sign on Campus
The Smart Way sign behind Squires now features real-time departure information.
VMGO app screen.
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