BRITE Bus Offers Free Rides on Election Day

Many polling places in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County served.  

BRITE Bus is offering free rides on Election Day – November 6th.  BRITE Bus routes serve many of the polling places in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.

BRITE is the public transit system that serves the City of Staunton, City of Waynesboro and parts of Augusta County including Stuarts Draft with stops at Augusta Health, Wilson Workforce Rehabilitation Center, and Blue Ridge Community College.

For more information on BRITE Bus routes and times, visit  or connect on Facebook.




Virginia Telecommunications Initiative Grant Announced

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative (VATI) grant for FY19. The primary objective of VATI is to provide financial assistance to supplement construction costs by private sector broadband service providers, in partnership with local units of government, to extend service to areas that presently are unserved by any broadband provider.

The goal is to enhance sustainability and competitive advantages of communities throughout the Commonwealth by preparing those communities to build, utilize, and capitalize on telecommunications infrastructure. Consistent with the enabling legislation, DHCD will award the $4 million FY 2019 appropriation to eligible applicants to provide last-mile services to unserved areas of the State.

October is Rideshare Month

In celebration of Rideshare Month, the CSPDC will be sending out Rideshare postcards and brochures to regional employers, as well as highlighting Vanpool!VA, a website launched by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation as a single resource for vanpool matching across the state.
RideShare is a program of the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission that provides outreach and other services to reduce single-occupant vehicles on the road by facilitating the use of alternative transportation, such as carpooling, walking, biking, and using transit.

Tour de Farm Unveils Logo

Tour de Farm is a developing bike-to-farm program that combines the Bike the Valley and Fields of Gold Farm Trail programs, both administered by the CSPDC, and is guided by a working group of bicyclists, Fields of Gold members, tourism staff, CSPDC staff, and community leaders.

The working group is identifying and mapping routes, determining potential Farm Trail stops along routes, creating a marketing plan, and identifying funding opportunities.

At a recent meeting of the working group, the Tour de Farm logo was unveiled. Pulling elements from both the Fields of Gold and Bike the Valley logos, the Tour de Farm logo is comprised of a bicycle wheel tread encircling the Blue Ridge Mountains, a rooster in the foreground, and a bold Tour de Farm ribbon with a golden bike gear as a focal point. The costs to create the logo were supported with funding from the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Ultimately, Tour de Farm route and event information will be available on both Bike the Valley and Fields of Gold websites and widely marketed and promoted.