The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) received the Commonwealth Connectors Award at the annual American Planning Association Virginia Conference. The award recognizes DRPT’s successful planning and implementation of the Virginia Breeze intercity bus service.
“This recognition underscores the Commonwealth’s commitment to providing essential travel connections for all Virginians,” said Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “As our first public intercity bus service, Virginia Breeze is supporting mobility and economic opportunity for communities across Virginia.”
In December 2017, DRPT launched the state’s first publicly operated intercity bus program with service between Blacksburg and Washington, D.C. Branded as the Virginia Breeze, it operates seven days a week with at least one daily trip northbound and southbound. Following the outstanding performance of the pilot route, DRPT announced a program expansion with the introduction of two new routes in August 2020: Danville to Washington, D.C., and Martinsville to Richmond, with express service to D.C. The Virginia Breeze Bus Lines provides underserved rural communities with vital connections to urban areas.