New Virginia Breeze Bus to Make Daily Stops in Staunton

a view of the interior of the Virginia breeze busNOVEMBER 30, 2017 — It’s been 17 years since Staunton has had long-distance intercity bus service within the city limits.

That changes tomorrow when the highly anticipated Virginia Breeze debuts with a daily route that runs from Blacksburg to Washington, D.C. The bus route will include a stop in Staunton at Martin’s food market on Richmond Avenue.

It will be the first long-distance intercity bus service available to Staunton residents since Greyhound discontinued operations in the Shenandoah Valley in 2005.

The Virginia Breeze holds 56 passengers and features desirable amenities, including free Wi-Fi, in-seat power outlets, overhead storage and a restroom.

The new service is possible through an intercity bus pilot program by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), fully funded through the Federal Transit Administration’s 5311 Intercity Bus Program. The DRPT will operate the bus in partnership with Dillon’s, a Coach USA company. Because Coach USA also owns Megabus, the DRPT said customers of the Virginia Breeze would also be able to purchase interline tickets for Megabus destinations beyond Union Station, such as Philadelphia and New York.

Bus Route

a view of the Virginia breeze busIn a news release, the DRPT said the Virginia Breeze will depart daily at 8 a.m. from Virginia Tech’s Squires Student Center and arrive at Union Station in Washington, D.C. at 2:30 p.m. A second bus will make the reverse trip, departing Union Station at 9:20 a.m. daily and arriving at Virginia Tech’s Squires Student Center by 3:30 p.m.

Stops along the route include:

  • Christiansburg (Falling Branch Park & Ride)
  • Lexington (Food Lion in Stonewall Square)
  • Staunton (Martin’s on Richmond Avenue)
  • Harrisonburg (Godwin Transit Center at JMU)
  • Front Royal (Crooked Run VDOT Park & Ride)
  • Dulles Airport (Curb 2E)
  • Arlington (Kiss & Ride lot at the West Falls Church-VT/UVA Metrorail Station)

Depending on the performance of the Virginia Breeze, the DRPT said it might expand services along the route and add other travel corridors in the Commonwealth.

Tickets

A one-way ticket between Blacksburg and Union Station will cost about $50. However, prices will range from $19 to $50, depending on the selected trip. Get route and schedule info and purchase tickets at www.catchthevabreeze.com or call 1.877.462.6342.