Virginia's Try Transit Week Set for September 16-20

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September 12, 2019

Jessica Cowardin
(804) 786-6793

Virginia's Try Transit Week Set for September 16-20
Virginians can pledge to try public transportation for a chance to win one year of free transit and a pair of round-trip Amtrak tickets
RICHMONDThe Commonwealth of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are pleased to celebrate “Try Transit Week” Sept. 16‐20, 2019. During this weeklong educational event, Virginians are encouraged to try the bus, commuter rail, ferry, or vanpool.

Participants who pledge to try transit at are automatically entered for a chance to win a year of free transit service from a participating Virginia transit provider as well as a pair of round‐trip tickets aboard Virginia’s state sponsored Amtrak Northeast Regional train.* Other prizes include monthly or weekly passes for transit service in areas throughout Virginia. Pledges will be accepted through September 20, 2019.

“Public transportation is an effective way of mitigating traffic congestion, improving air quality and getting around Virginia,” says Jennifer Mitchell, Director of the Department of Rail and Public Transportation. “Virginia’s transit services connect the Commonwealth to employment opportunities and make experiences more accessible to the community.”

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) reports people who switch their daily commute from car to public transportation save about $10,000 annually. Investment in public transportation also benefits local and statewide economic growth. Every $1 appropriated for public transportation generates $4 in economic returns.

DRPT and transit operators across the Commonwealth are spreading the word about public transportation, accessibility, and its numerous benefits. For more information about local transit options visit

*Please visit for contest rules and regulations.


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About the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
DRPT’s mission is to improve the mobility of people and goods while expanding transportation choices in the Commonwealth through rail, public transportation, and commuter services. DRPT is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its services on the basis of race, color, or national origin as protected by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.