Valley Metro (Roanoke)

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Valley Metro
Valley Metro Roanoke.png
Valley Metro bus in downtown Roanoke, Virginia.jpg
Founded 1975
Headquarters 1108 Campbell Avenue SE, Roanoke, Virginia
Service area Roanoke, Salem, Vinton and portions of Roanoke County.
Service type bus service
Hubs Campbell Court Transfer Station
Operator First Transit
Website http://www.valleymetro.com

Valley Metro, the operational name for the Greater Roanoke Transit Company, is a local government-owned urban-suburban bus line based in Roanoke, Virginia with First Transit providing the general and assistant general managers.[1] The staff is employed by Southwest Virginia Transit Management Company, a First Transit subsidiary. Valley Metro serves the independent cities of Roanoke and Salem, the town of Vinton, and limited unincorporated portions of Roanoke County.[2] Valley Metro has a fleet of 42 buses and 7 paratransit vehicles, and many lines originate and/or terminate at Campbell Court, a central bus station in downtown Roanoke which is also served by Greyhound.[1]

Typical Valley Metro bus interior
Typical Valley Metro bus stop signage

Services offered

Bus

Effective June 1, 2010, Valley Metro buses only stop at designated bus stops. Before as previous to this buses would stop at every corner.[citation needed] Many passengers have expressed disapproval of this new policy. Valley Metro officials state that the changes are necessary to keep buses on schedule as ridership has increased.

As of January 1, 2018, Valley Metro operates the following bus routes:[2]

  • 11&12: Valley View Mall to Campbell Court via Hershberger/Cove Roads[3]
  • 15&16: Valley View Mall to Campbell Court via Grandview/Greenland Avenues[3]
  • 21&22: Crossroads Mall to Campbell Court via Williamson Road[4]
  • 25&26: Crossroads Mall to Campbell Court via Hollins/Hershberger Roads[4]
  • 31&32: Vinton to Campbell Court via Campbell Avenue/King Street[5]
  • 31X: Roanoke Centre for Industry and Technology (RCIT) to Campbell Court via Orange Avenue (only operates during rush hour)[6]
  • 35&36: Vinton to Campbell Court via Dale/Washington Avenues[5]
  • 41&42: Southeast Roanoke to Campbell Court[7]
  • 51&52: Tanglewood Mall to Campbell Court via Avenham Avenue/Jefferson Street[8]
  • 55&56: Tanglewood Mall to Campbell Court via Franklin Rd/Colonial Ave[8]
  • 61&62: Brambleton/Red Rock to Campbell Court[9]
  • 65&66: Carlton/Grandin to Campbell Court[9]
  • 71&72: LewisGale Hospital to Campbell Court[10]
  • 75&76: Veterans Hospital to Campbell Court[10]
  • 81&82: Lakeside Plaza Salem to Campbell Court via Melrose Avenue (only operates during rush hour)[11]
  • 85&86: Peters Creek Road to Campbell Court[11]
  • 91&92: Goodwill Industries in Salem to Campbell Court via LewisGale Hospital, Veterans Hospital, and Melrose Avenue[12]

Smart Way Bus

Valley Metro operates the Smart Way Bus, which serves Roanoke, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech. Its service to Roanoke includes connections to the Amtrak station, which opened on October 31, 2017.[13][14]

Star Line Trolley

The Star Line Trolley is a free service along Jefferson Street between downtown Roanoke and the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Service is from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday.[15]

Civic Center Shuttles

Free shuttles run from the Elmwood Garage in downtown Roanoke to the Roanoke Civic Center during events.[16]

Paratransit (S.T.A.R.)

Valley Metro offers a paratransit service called Specialized Transit - Arranged Rides (S.T.A.R.), operated by RADAR Transit, for individuals with disabilities who are unable to ride a traditional Valley Metro bus. It serves the entire city of Roanoke, the town of Salem, and the city of Salem. Applications must be submitted in order to ride. Customers call at least one day in advance to reserve a ride.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b "About Us". Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Schedules". Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Routes 11, 12, 15, & 16 Schedules" (PDF). Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Route 21, 22, 25, & 26 Schedules" (PDF). Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Routes 31, 32, 35, & 36 Schedules" (PDF). Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Route 31X Schedule" (PDF). Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Route 41 & 42 Schedules" (PDF). Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Routes 51, 52, 55, & 56 Schedules" (PDF). Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Routes 61, 62, 65, & 66 Schedules" (PDF). Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Routes 71, 72, 75, & 76 Schedules" (PDF). Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Routes 81, 82, 85, & 86 Schedules" (PDF). Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  12. ^ "Routes 91 & 92 Schedules" (PDF). Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Amtrak Rail Service returns to Roanoke - Smart Way Connector Service Ends October 30, 2017" (PDF). Valley Metro. October 16, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Brookshier, Erin (October 31, 2017). "First Amtrak train leaves downtown Roanoke platform". WSLS News, by Graham Media Group. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "Trolley Service". Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Shuttles". Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  17. ^ "S.T.A.R. Service". Valley Metro. Retrieved January 5, 2018.

External links

  • Valley Metro
  • Smart Way Bus
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