Blacksburg Transit (BT), the public transportation system serving the Virginia Tech community, was recently named 2019 Outstanding Transit System for North America by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

BT provides public transportation to Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff; Blacksburg citizens; and partnering communities within the New River Valley.

BT is central to alternative transportation at Virginia Tech. The agency collaborates closely with Virginia Tech Parking and Transportation to serve the transportation needs of the Virginia Tech campus and local communities. The service is free for all Virginia Tech students and employees who present their Hokie Passport upon boarding.

BT operates 50 buses that serve 13 routes in Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Passengers can also use BT to make connections to other bus lines that serve such locations as Radford, Roanoke, and Washington, D.C.

BT earned the award in the small urban system category characterized by annual ridership of 4 million or less. This category not only includes all bus systems in North America, but also rail transportation systems.

“We’ve had unprecedented ridership growth of 22 percent over the last three years when most systems in our industry are facing declines. Through employee dedication, innovation, and the support of our stakeholders we’ve taken the organization to new heights while never compromising our high standards,” said BT Director Tom Fox.

The original BT press release can be viewed here. For questions or comments, please contact Ken Tucker at or 540-443-1591.

Virginia Tech offers a variety of alternative transportation options that can help all members of the university community that commute save time and money and reduce their carbon footprint. Click here to learn more.

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