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2018 Try Transit Week Set for September 17-21

Try Transit Week, and educational event designed to encourage Virginians to reduce their use of single-occupancy vehicles and try a form of public transportation, will be celebrated in Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro with a Free Ride Day on all BRITE Bus Transit Routes on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. Riders can catch any of the following BRITE Bus Routes free of charge that day.

East & West 250 Connector – connects to the Staunton routes, the Waynesboro Circulator, the Stuarts Draft Link, and Blue Ridge Community College Shuttle and provides service between the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro in the Route 250 corridor, with stops including Augusta Health and the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center Campus.

Stuarts Draft Link – provides service within Stuarts Draft, and connections with Fishersville and Waynesboro. Stops include residential areas, Augusta Health facilities, and employment centers.

Blue Ridge Community College Shuttles – the Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) Shuttle offers two routes. The BRCC South Shuttle provides service between Staunton and the BRCC Campus in Weyers Cave. The BRCC Shuttle North provides service from the campus to Harrisonburg through Bridgewater, Dayton, and Mt. Crawford.

Waynesboro Circulator – travels within the city limits of Waynesboro, providing connections to employment centers, retail, and medical facilities.

Staunton North & West Loops and Downtown Trolley & Saturday Night Trolley – The Downtown Trolley serves historic downtown Staunton desitnations; the North and West Loops serve outlying neighborhoods and medical and retail destinations; the Saturday Night Trolley operates Saturday evenings providing connections to retail and entertainment destinations.

Paratransit and Deviated Fixed Routes are also included in the free ride day.

Try Transit Week was created by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and transit operators across the Commonwealth to spread the word about public transportation accessibility and its numerous benefits. Public transportation riders not only save time and money, but they can multi-task and arrive at their destination stress- and hassle-free.

As part of Try Transit Week, DRPT sponsors a Try Transit Week pledge giveaway. Participants who pledge to try transit are automatically entered for a chance to win a year of free transit service from a participating Virginia transit operator, as well as a pair of round-trip tickets aboard Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train. Last year’s grand prize winner was Jenny Cox of Verona who was presented with a unique one-year pass for BRITE Bus transit at a special ceremony in January.

Pledges will be accepted through September 21, 2018. Rules at www.trytransitweek.org.