Afton Express pilot program approved for funding

Afton Express pilot program approved for funding

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A bus route between Charlottesville and the Shenandoah Valley just got the green light for funding. The Afton Express will now move forward with a two-year pilot program.

The Afton Express connects BRITE and Charlottesville Area Transit. The service will connect Staunton, Fishersville, Waynesboro, Charlottesville, and Albemarle County.

The bus will include four morning and four evening trips Monday through Friday, with stops at hubs like the University of Virginia and Fifth Street Station.

“I think it has great implications. There are over 1,200 employees at UVA with parking permits that reside across the mountain in the Staunton and Waynesboro area, that is that many people and cars that are making that trip,” Sara Pennington, a Ride Share program manager for the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, said.

It is estimated by taking the Afton Express with a $6 round trip fee, commuters from Staunton could save more than $1,200 a year.

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