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How students can get home for the holidays

November 7, 2016

Holiday transportation options
There are a variety of transportation options available to students traveling home for the holidays.

Students who are planning to travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving and winter breaks may want to consider programs available through Parking and Transportation Services.

Around Blacksburg and the local area

  • Blacksburg Transit (BT): Blacksburg Transit has 46 buses that serve 13 routes in Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Passengers can also use BT to make connections to other bus lines, with service to places such as Radford, Roanoke, and Washington, D.C. BT rides are free to students who present their Hokie Passport.
  • Smart Way: The Smart Way bus is a commuter service that provides transportation between Squires Student Center and the Roanoke Valley for $4 each way. This shuttle can be used to connect to the Roanoke Regional Airport and to the Megabus route to Washington, D.C. Monday through Saturday. Smart Way offers a special transfer option to allow travelers returning to the airport on a Sunday to use the Roanoke/Blacksburg Airport Shuttle for $4. Monthly passes are available to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students for 25 percent off the normal price.
  • Zimride: Zimride’s Virginia Tech carpooling board allows users to post in search of rides or to offer rides of their own and provides the opportunity to exchange money through their secure platform.

Around Virginia and beyond

  • Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.: The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport offers daily flights to eight major American cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. Students can reach the Roanoke Airport from Squires Student Center by riding the Smart Way bus for $4.
  • Home Ride of Virginia: The Home Ride bus is a private company that provides students with weekend and holiday bus service from Lane Stadium to Northern Virginia, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, and the Tidewater Area. Tickets may be purchased at the University Bookstore.
  • Megabus: Megabus is an affordable bus option serving a network of stops along the East Coast. The Christiansburg Park and Ride, which is accessible by the Smart Way bus and Blacksburg Transit’s The Explorer route, serves as a Megabus stop for buses traveling to Washington D.C.; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Atlanta. Connections can be made at these stops to reach further destinations.
  • Amtrak: Students who would like to ride Amtrak may consider traveling on the Smart Way Connector bus to get from Blacksburg to the Amtrak station in Lynchburg, Virginia. At this time, service from Blacksburg is only available on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays, when the bus picks up at Squires Student Center. Monday through Thursday, the service begins in downtown Roanoke, at the Civic Center.
  • College Transit: College Transit is a bus service that provides students with holiday break transportation between Lane Stadium and metro areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
  • Zimride: Zimride’s Virginia Tech carpooling board allows users to post in search of rides or to offer rides of their own and provides the opportunity to exchange money through their secure platform.

For more information, contact Alternative Transportation at 540-231-2116.

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