Virginia Regional Transit Slashes Valley Bus Routes

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

Board members with Virginia Regional Transit have slashed bus schedules in the Valley that help senior citizens and people seeking help for mental health, drug and alcohol abuse.

Board members curtailed what's known as the Highway 250 route on Tuesday.

The changes will also eliminate a loop that takes people to the Valley Community Services Board.

The final affected route is the Staunton Silver Trolley, which will end service around noon every day under its new schedule.

Virginia Regional Transit's CEO, Mark McGregor, said the cuts are an unfortunate result of a funding miscommunication, and he hopes to have the routes fully restored.

"It's very difficult for us," McGregor said. "This is going to mean that some people are going to be unable to maintain the quality of life that they currently maintain. It's going to mean a step backward in their quality of life and that's a very painful and difficult decision for us, but it's necessary."

The transit group did receive some money from the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center Foundation and tax money from Augusta County to make the cuts to the routes less severe.

Virginia's Department of Social Services could give more money to the cause; that would help maintain more routes in the county.

The transit's board said they'll give passengers a 30-day notice before service to those routes end.

That's expected to happen in late January. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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