To replace September’s Try Transit Week, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) launched a new statewide initiative, Transit Appreciation Month. This campaign is in response to COVID-19 and supports the changes that transit agencies across Virginia have made to keep passengers and bus operators and staff safe. Each week during October’s Transit Appreciation Month a different theme will highlight the innovative and perseverant spirit of public transportation during this challenging time. Themes will include transit agency options and initiatives, transit’s essential role in the community, safety measures and employees who have gone above and beyond to provide a safe rider experience. All transit agencies in Virginia, including BRITE Bus, are invited to participate.