The Virginia Breeze bus line, launched on December 1 by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), had 1,022 passengers in December. Dulles International Airport and Washington – Union Station stops accounted for 88% of northbound trips, and Harrisonburg, Blacksburg, and Christiansburg accounted for 82% of the southbound trips. Of those riders, 105 made connections via ticketing agent Megabus to other cities, with the majority traveling through to New York City and Philadelphia.
The Virginia Breeze connects travelers from Blacksburg to Washington, D.C. with multiple destinations in-between, including Lexington, Staunton, and Harrisonburg. Each bus has free wifi, in-seat power outlets, luggage compartments, and is handicap accessible. All tickets for the modern 56-passenger coach, as well as access interline tickets for destinations beyond Washington, D.C. can be conveniently purchased through Megabus. This pilot program is funded through the Federal Transit Administration’s 5311 Intercity Bus Program.