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Fall 2020 Bus Service

Blacksburg Service Levels

** BT Temporary Hours of Operation **

 

Reduced Service
Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 7 am - 9:45 pm
 Saturday 9:30 am - 7:15 pm
 Sunday 11:30 am - 7:15 pm

BT will begin Intermediate service on Monday 8/17 and resume full service on Saturday 8/22.


BT adjusts service levels in Blacksburg to correspond with the Virginia Tech academic calendar – “Full Service” when Virginia Tech is in session, e.g. fall and spring semesters, and “Reduced Service” during most other times. The definitions and hours of operation of each can be found below:

  • Full Service - This is our peak service operated during the fall and spring semesters. During Full Service all routes are in operation with the most frequent service, typically every 10-15 minutes during the busiest hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Buses generally run until after midnight or later, depending on the day. Exception: There are a total of seven service days that operate on “intermediate” service. On these days routes operate the same hours as Full Service and all routes are in service but buses run less frequently. Please review our Operating Calendar for additional information.
  • Reduced Service - This service operates during all university break periods, e.g.Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall breaks. Each route provides 30 minute to hourly service. Some routes do not operate, while others are combined.
 FULL SERVICE & INTERMEDIATE HOURSREDUCED SERVICE HOURS
Monday - Thursday 7 am - 12:45 am 7 am - 9:45 pm
Friday 7 am - 2:45 am 7 am - 9:45 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 2:45 am 9:30 am - 9:15 pm
Sunday 9:30 am - 12:15 am 9:30 am - 7:15 pm

* Service will end at 7:15 pm on December 24, 2020

Christiansburg Service Levels

** Temporary Service Adjustment ** The Explorer route has been suspended until further notice; please use the Go Anywhere route.

Christiansburg services operate the same schedule all year.

 GO ANYWHERE! CHRISTIANSBURGTHE EXPLORER
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. 7:15 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. No Service
Sunday No Service No Service

No Service Days

Blacksburg Transit does not operate on the following holidays, applies to all BT services:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Please check the service calendar for detailed information, or call 540-443-1500.

NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA), Blacksburg Transit will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs or activities.

Employment: Blacksburg Transit does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the ADA.

Effective Communication: Blacksburg Transit will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in DRPT’s programs, services and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing or vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures: Blacksburg Transit will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services and activities.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a Blacksburg Transit program, service or activity, should contact Blacksburg Transit by phone at 540-443-1590 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

The ADA does not require Blacksburg Transit to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose any undue financial or administrative burden.

Complaints that a Blacksburg Transit program, service or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to Blacksburg Transit by phone at 540-443-1590 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Blacksburg Transit will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy.

ADA Grievance Procedure (79 kb pdf)

Fares

Exact fare is required. Blacksburg Transit operators cannot make change. Please have exact fare, a valid pass, Virginia Tech ID, VCOM ID, Town of Blacksburg, or BT ID ready when boarding the bus. Passes can also be used on the Christiansburg service. Examples of accepted Hokie Passports.

Monthly Passes

Monthly passes are available for purchase at the following locations:

  • Blacksburg: Blacksburg Municipal Building, located at 300 S. Main St.
  • Christiansburg: Christiansburg Town Hall, the Aquatic Center and the Recreation Center.

Passes are accepted on all routes in Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Examples of accepted monthly passes.

 Fares1 Month Pass6 Month Pass
Adult $0.50 $8 $37.50
Ages 3 - 17 (not valid on BT Access) $0.25 $4 $18.75
Less than 3 years Free Free Free
Ages 65 and over  (not valid on BT Access) $0.25 $4 $18.75
Persons with disabilities and Medicare card holders 
(not valid on BT Access)
$0.25 $4 $18.75
Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff Pre-Paid Pre-Paid Pre-Paid
VCOM students* Pre-Paid Pre-Paid Pre-Paid
LCI student passes* Pre-Paid Pre-Paid Pre-Paid

* Click for examples of accepted Hokie Passports, and accepted monthly passes.

Transfers

If you are paying a cash fare and you need to take more than one bus to get to your final destination, ask the operator when you board the first bus for a transfer slip. Let your operator know which bus/route you are transferring to so, if needed, the operator can call ahead to hold your next bus. A transfer is valid for one hour from the time it is made and may not be used for making roundtrips. Transfers are valid on all routes in Blacksburg and Christiansburg, including transferring between the two towns.

Fare Free Days

Blacksburg Transit offers fare free service during the following events:

  • Fourth of July, (shuttles only)
  • Steppin' Out, (local summer festival held the first weekend in August)
  • Virginia Tech home basketball games, (shuttles only)

Virginia Tech Football Fares

For more information about fares on football game days, visit our Game Day Service page. The fare for football game day service is $5, starting three hours prior to kickoff until the beginning of halftime.

About BT Access

BT Access is a paratransit door-to-door service complementing fixed route bus service in Blacksburg. The service is available for persons with a temporary or permanent disability who meet the criteria established under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Passengers must be certified to use BT Access, applications can be downloaded here, or can be mailed by request by calling 540-443-1533 or 540-961-1803. Please review the fare page for applicable fares; monthly passes are not accepted on BT Access

Service Area

BT Access serves all areas within the Blacksburg town limits, including the LewisGale Hospital Montgomery and the doctors’ offices on the same campus. Service is offered within the Blacksburg town limits during the same days and times as fixed route bus service. View Operating Hours.

If traveling to Christiansburg, BT Access passengers may schedule a transfer at the hospital to the Go Anywhere service or to the Two Town Trolley.

How to Apply

To determine eligibility, applicants are required to complete an application. Please note there are two parts to be completed and submitted.

Download Part I (146 kb pdf) and Part II (14.2 kb pdf) of the BT Access application

Please return applications via any of the following options:

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Fax: Attention BT Access to 540-951-3142
  • Mail: BT Access, 2800 Commerce St., Blacksburg, VA 24060

BT Access Eligibility After 21 Days

Staff will review applications promptly. While under review, applicants may schedule and use BT Access. Eligibility decisions will be made within 21 days of receipt of a complete application. For those applications not processed within 21 days of receipt, the applicant will be allowed to continue to use the service until such time as a written determination is made.

Feel free to contact BT for assistance, by calling 540-443-1533 or 540-961-1803, or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scheduling a Trip

If you are certified, you may begin using the BT Access service. Please call 540-443-1533 or 540-961-1803, to schedule your trip(s). Trips must be scheduled at least one day in advance, but not more than 14 days in advance.

ADA Eligibility Card

Certified BT Access passengers will receive an ADA Eligibility Card with an ID number. This non-transferable card also allows the holder temporary eligibility on any ADA compliant paratransit system in the United States. BT Access reserves the right to require a new eligibility assessment at any time. A new eligibility assessment may be required for, but not limited to:

  • Possibility of improvements in a passenger’s ability to use a BT accessible low floor bus.
  • Any improvements in public physical barriers previously preventing a passengers use of a BT accessible low floor bus.

Visitors with Disabilities

Individuals traveling to Blacksburg, who present documentation of ADA Paratransit eligibility by a public entity, are eligible for BT Access paratransit services for any combination of 21 days during any 365-day period beginning with the visitor's first use of the service. If service is requested beyond this period, individuals will be required to apply for certification.

Personal Care Attendant and Companion

If a passenger requires the assistance of a Personal Care Attendant they may ride with you free of charge. A companion is also permitted to ride with you, however they will be required to pay the normal fare of 50 cents, Fare Information.

Travel Training

Travel training is designed to teach seniors and people with disabilities how to travel safely and independently on a fully accessible low floor fixed-route bus. Travel training determines how disabilities affect travel and then travel skills are tailored to each person’s needs. Remember, riding the bus does not jeopardize the ability to use BT Access services, but allows the passenger more flexibility and freedom to travel whenever they choose.

Benefits include:

  • Learning to travel independently
  • Greater self-esteem
  • Flexibility of scheduling allowing freedom of movement within the town limits of Blacksburg

For more information on BT Access, or any of the above please call 540-443-1533 or 540-961-1803 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FAQ's


We know this fall will be different and BT will adapt. We’re still working on the details to align with VT’s plans for a blend of in-person and on-line classes, so check this page for updates.

We know that the typical student will experience at least one-third of instruction in an in-person format, but there’s a lot we don’t know – especially how this will impact our bus service. We can tell you that the service we provide will look a lot like last fall, with over 40 buses operating each day and most of our routes will operate every 10 or 15 minutes during peak times in Blacksburg. We know that one of our biggest issues is how many people to let on the bus. Our current passenger limit of 9 works well now (June), but it’s not going to work once we return to full service.

While we don’t have all the answers right now, we will update this page on a regular basis.

Do you have a question you’d like to see added to our FAQ’s? Email us at btransit@blacksburg.gov
What passenger limits will BT use for the fall semester?

In preparation for the start of the fall semester, Blacksburg Transit (BT) will implement adjusted passenger limits effective Sunday, August 9th. These new limits will be set at approximately two-thirds of capacity for large buses and about one-third of capacity for smaller buses. At these levels it is expected that ridership demand can be reasonably accommodated and still provide enough room on the bus for some separation among passengers. Even though there will not be six feet of physical distancing at all times, most of the trips are less than 15 minutes in duration and a number of other actions to lower the risk of exposure are being taken, including:

•  Cleaning and disinfecting of buses
•  Passengers and drivers will be required to wear masks
•  Barriers will be installed to provide a separation between the driver and passengers

These measures have been reviewed by the New River Health Department and are subject to change based on the rate of COVID-19 cases locally, Governor’s Executive Orders, or decisions by VT that affect the demand for public transportation.(Posted 7/23/2020)

What service will BT provide the week before classes start?

We will operate on intermediate service from 8/17 through 8/21, which means all full service routes will be in operation. We will begin full service on Saturday 8/22; see What service will BT provide this fall for more details. (Posted 8/6/2020)

What service will BT provide this fall?

This fall we’ll operate 16 routes in Blacksburg, with most operating every 10 – 15 minutes during weekdays, which is about the same as last fall. This includes one new route, the South Main – Airport Rd. We’ve also added Saturday service to the CRC route and will start service at 9:30 am on Sundays (previously 11:30 am) on all routes. We will also provide fill-in buses to help with full buses to the extent that we have resources available. BT Access, and our Christiansburg service, the Go Anywhere and Commuter routes will operate as normal. (Posted 8/6/2020)

Is BT developing any projections about how many passengers to expect in the fall?

We are planning for about 2/3 of our normal ridership and have set our passenger limits to reflect the same. (Posted 8/6/2020)

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. (Posted 8/6/2020)

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 this summer. We’re always looking for more drivers, so if you know someone looking for a job we start out at $13.35/hr with paid training and it makes a great part time job!(Posted 8/6/2020)

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. (Posted 8/6/2020)

What is BT doing to keep passengers and drivers safe?

In addition to cleaning and sanitizing our buses, we’re also in the process of installing barriers to provide separation between the driver and passengers and requiring face coverings. We encourage passengers to follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines about how to protect themselves such as frequent hand washing. 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.(Updated 8/6/2020)

Will BT require everyone to wear face coverings while on the bus?

We are requiring all passengers (and drivers) to wear a face covering while on the bus, in compliance with Governor Northam's Executive Order 63. If a passenger boards a bus without a face covering the driver will ask the passenger to wear one. Drivers will have a limited number of cloth face coverings available for those who don’t have one. Please be considerate to your fellow passengers to help prevent community spread. (Updated 8/6/2020)

Where can I find more information about the Commonwealth of Virginia guidelines for re-opening?

www.virginia.gov/coronavirus (Posted 6/30/2020)

Where can I find more information about Virginia Tech's guidelines for re-opening?

www.vt.edu/ready (Posted 6/30/2020)

How much longer will rear door boarding and fare free remain in effect?

Fare free remains in place along with rear door boarding. We will revisit this policy prior to the beginning of the semester. (Posted 6/30/2020)

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 gotchabike.com/roamnrv. Information about alternative transportation options offered by Virginia Tech, can be found at parking.vt.edu/alternative (Posted 6/30/2020)

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, BT’s average trip length is around 10 minutes and wearing a face covering will further decrease the chance of transmission. (Posted 6/30/2020)

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. (Posted 6/30/2020)

Fare Free


Fares are temporarily suspended until further notice. Passengers are asked to board at the rear doors where possible. Front door boarding is available for persons with mobility aids and strollers. 

Passenger Limit


The temporary passenger limit implemented on 3/25 remains in effect.

  • 9 passengers on Blacksburg buses,
  • 4 passengers on Christiansburg service and Warm Hearth,
  • 1 passenger (and personal care attendant, if authorized) on BT Access.

BT is committed to ensuring the safety of our community and employees. This precaution is in addition to cleaning our buses and practicing social distancing within our facilities. We ask that everyone do their part to #flattenthecurve and only take essential trips when necessary.

Face Coverings


Face coverings are required in all public places, including while riding a bus.Face Coverings Decal transparent

BT will have a limited number of masks available on buses for those that have been unable to locate a face covering. Please refer to the links below for more information from the CDC:

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