Ridership on Virginia’s intercity bus routes has recovered since the pandemic

The Virginia Breeze, the state’s intercity bus line, is seeing record ridership and is now 30% above its previous peak with two months still to go, according to the state Department of Rail and Transportation.

The announcement comes a year after the state launched a new bus route from Bristol, which is now the second most popular of the state’s four routes.

The system’s previous passenger peak was in 2019, when the bus route served 29,855 passengers. Rider numbers fell during the pandemic but rebounded this year, standing at 38,948 through October.

Driver’s seat on the Virginia Breeze. Courtesy of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

The Virginia Breeze began the Highlands Rhythm route from Bristol to Washington, DC in November 2021, immediately becoming the second most popular route behind the Virginia Flyer, which operates a route from Blacksburg to Washington, DC. Piedmont Express runs from Danville to Washington, DC and Capital Connector runs from Martinsville to Richmond to Washington, DC

Passenger rights on certain routes. Courtesy of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

The Ministry of Railways and Public Transport has also published this information on specific routes:

For the highland rhythm, the three most popular departure points for drivers traveling north are Harrisonburg, Radford and Bristol. The top three destinations for drivers traveling north are Dulles International Airport, West Falls Church and Union Station.

The three main departure points for drivers traveling south are Dulles International Airport, Union Station and West Falls Church. And the top three destinations for drivers heading south are Harrisonburg, Radford and Dulles International Airport.

For the Valley Flyer, the top three departure points for drivers traveling north are Blacksburg, Harrisonburg and Staunton. And the top three destinations for drivers traveling north are Dulles International Airport, Union Station and Arlington.

The top three departure points for travelers heading south are Dulles International Airport, Union Station and Arlington. And the top three destinations for drivers traveling south are Blacksburg, Harrisonburg, and Lexington.

For the Piedmont Express, the top three departure points for northbound travelers are Charlottesville, Danville and Dulles International Airport. And the top three most popular destinations for travelers heading north are Union Station, Dulles International Airport, and Charlottesville.

The top three departure locations for southbound travelers are Dulles International Airport, Union Station and Charlottesville. And the top three destinations for southbound travelers are Charlottesville, Danville and Dulles International Airport.

For the capital connector, the top three departure points for northbound travelers are Richmond, Danville and Farmville. And the three most popular destinations for travelers heading north are Union Station, Richmond and Danville.

The three main departure points for travelers heading south are Union Station, Richmond and Farmville. And the three most popular destinations for people traveling south are Richmond, Danville, and Farmville.

The complete routes:

Valley Flyer stops in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Lexington, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Front Royal, Dulles International Airport, West Falls Church and Washington, DC

highland rhythm stops at Bristol, Wytheville, Radford, Christiansburg, Salem, Harrisonburg, Dulles International Airport, West Falls Church and Washington, DC

Piedmont Express stops in Danville, Altavista, Lynchburg, Amherst, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Warrenton, Gainesville, Dulles International Airport and Washington, DC

capital connector Stops in Martinsville, Danville, South Boston, Farmville, Richmond and Washington, DC

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