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FAQ's

How can exposure to COVID-19 be limited when passengers are in close proximity to each other?

According to the CDC, transmission is unlikely in brief interactions of less than 15 minutes, even in close proximity. Fortunately, 90 percent of BT trips are leass than 15 minutes long and wearing a face covering canfurther decrease the chance of transmission. (Reviewed 1/27/2022)

Are Hokie P's required to ride the bus?

No. As a way to minimize interactions between passengers and drivers Hokie Passports and fare payments will not be required for until further notice. (Reviewed on 1/27/2022)

Can you put a bendy bus on every route to help with social distancing?

About one-fourth of our fleet are bendy buses, or articulated buses, which are assigned to the routes that traditionally have the highest ridership. We’ll continue to monitor ridership levels and adjust vehicle assignments as necessary. (Reviewed on 1/27/2022)

Why don't you hire more Drivers?

We’re hiring! We hire drivers year-round and have been busy hiring and training many new drivers. We’re always looking for more drivers, so if you know someone looking for a job we start out at $13.56/hr with paid training and it makes a great part time job!(Reviewed on 1/27/2022)

Why don't you buy more buses so crowding can be reduced?

On average, new buses take about 18 months to receive after placing an order. Securing the grant funding is typically the most time consuming part and is critical since buses cost upwards of $1 million each. (Reviewed 1/31/2022)

Does BT have off-peak travel times? Does BT have any recommended times to travel? e.g. times with the fewest passengers?

BT’s peak and off-peak times vary each day. On average the busiest time in a morning is 30 minutes before every class begins and in the afternoon the busiest time is 30 minutes after every class ends. As a general rule, there should be fewer riders outside of these times. Traveling during off-peak will also help reduce the risk of exposure. (Reviewed 1/27/2022)

Besides bus, what other commuting options are there?

While most major apartment complexes are located on the bus routes, many are also just a short walk or bike ride from campus. Information about the roamNRV bike share program can be found at ridegotcha.com/locations/roamnrv/. Information about alternative transportation options offered by Virginia Tech, can be found at parking.vt.edu/alternative (Reviewed 1/27/2022)

Where can I find more information about Virginia Tech's operational plan?

www.vt.edu/ready (Reviewed 1/27/2022)

What is BT doing to keep passengers and drivers safe?

In addition to cleaning and sanitizing our buses, we've also installed barriers to provide separation between the driver and passengers. We encourage passengers to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines about how to protect themselves such as frequent hand washing and wearing a face covering.While BT has taken a number of actions to reduce the risk of exposure, we understand this will not meet everyone’s comfort level; we encourage you to look after yourself, and if needed seek alternate transportation options.(Reviewed 1/27/2022)

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