On Friday, July 24, 2020, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) relaunched its Virginia Breeze Intercity Bus service. The popular service returns following the April 10, 2020 temporary suspension of service due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The highly successful Virginia Breeze Intercity Bus service route between Blacksburg and Washington, D.C., with stops in Staunton and Harrisonburg, returned on July 24, 2020, under the new name Valley Flyer. Beginning August 7, 2020, the Virginia Breeze Bus Lines will offer a total of three routes: the Valley Flyer; the Piedmont Express, which will connect Danville to Washington, D.C. along the US 29 and I-66 corridors; and the Capital Connector, which will connect Martinsville to Richmond along US 58 and US 360-15 and then continue on to Washington, D.C., via I-95. Virginia Breeze adopted new branding and taglines as well to better reflect the bus line’s mission: Connecting the Commonwealth. Tickets for all routes are available on the website.
Customer and employee safety remains top of mind as passengers ease into riding the Virginia Breeze. As part of new safety measures, those passengers able to safely do so will be required to wear face coverings. Buses will also operate at 50 percent capacity, with an empty seat next to each passenger. Passengers traveling together, such as members of the same household, may sit together in a shared row. Additional safety guidelines are posted inside bus shelters, on buses, and virtually on social media and on the website.