BRITE is Committed to Fulfilling the Transportation Needs of Our Community.
The proposed Afton Express transit service is the result of several prior community transportation plans and studies that indicated a definite need for transportation in the Interstate 81 and 64 corridors. BRITE’s Transit Development Plan (TDP) identified a great need for public transportation for residents of the Shenandoah Valley who travel across Afton Mountain to Charlottesville and Albemarle County for employment, education, and medical appointments. In 2017, two planning districts, three metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), two major universities, four transit services, and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) worked together on a feasibility study to evaluate the need and define the parameters for such a transit service. This Inter-Regional Transit Study included a public survey which confirmed that there is a definite need for a transit connection crossing Afton Mountain and that many residents would use the service on a regular basis.
Coordinated Efforts Involve Community Participation.
In 2019, with the planning and financial support from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, a stakeholder group began working with a consultant to develop a service and funding plan to define the Afton Express routes, stops, and schedules. This plan also examined costs and potential funding sources. This plan is currently being finalized and will serve as a supporting document to grant applications and will be posted here when available.
Afton Express is a new route of BRITE and provides public commuter bus transportation between Staunton, Waynesboro, Fishersville, Charlottesville, and Fifth Street Station in Albemarle County. Free Wi-fi, comfortable seating, and affordable pricing make it a smart choice for individuals commuting over Afton Mountain.