New bus route includes stops at Va. Tech, Dulles, Union Station

The route for the Virginia Breeze bus service, which launches Dec. 1. (Courtesy Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation)
The route for the Virginia Breeze bus service, which launches Dec. 1. (Courtesy Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation) (Courtesy Virginia Department of)
Renderings of the design of the Virginia Breeze bus (Courtesy Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation)
Renderings of the design of the Virginia Breeze bus (Courtesy Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation) (Courtesy Virginia Department of)
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The route for the Virginia Breeze bus service, which launches Dec. 1. (Courtesy Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation)
Renderings of the design of the Virginia Breeze bus (Courtesy Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation)

WASHINGTON — Students and staff at schools such as Virginia Tech, VMI and James Madison University as well as others who live along Interstate 81 will have a new option for trips to and from the D.C. area when a new intercity bus service launches Dec. 1.

The “Virginia Breeze,” a name alluding to one of the official state songs, begins as a federally funded pilot program with stops at:

  • Virginia Tech’s Squires Student Center
  • Christiansburg’s Falling Branch Park and Ride
  • Lexington’s Food Lion in Stonewall Square
  • Staunton’s Martin’s on Richmond Ave.
  • Harrisonburg’s Godwin Transit Center at JMU
  • Front Royal’s Crooked Run Park and Ride
  • Dulles International Airport
  • The West Falls Church Metro
  • Union Station in D.C.

A bus will leave Blacksburg at 8 a.m. each morning to arrive at Union Station at 2:30 p.m. A southbound bus will leave Union Station at 9:20 a.m. each day to arrive in Blacksburg by 3:40 p.m., Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation said.

The 56-seat buses will include free Wi-Fi and power outlets, and will be provided through Coach USA, the same company that owns Megabus.

One-way tickets between Blacksburg and Union Station are expected to cost around $50, although prices will vary based on the day of the week and time of year.

Tickets must be purchased online. The website for the service is expected to launch soon.


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