Virginia Celebrates Transit Appreciation Month this October with local Transit Agencies across the Commonwealth



For Immediate ReleaseOctober 5, 2020

Department of Rail and Public Transportation


Virginia Celebrates Transit Appreciation Month
with local Transit Agencies across the Commonwealth

~ Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation dedicates October to the people and agencies 
keeping Virginia Moving ~

RICHMOND – To highlight the important service transit agencies across the Commonwealth continue to provide throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is celebrating Transit Appreciation Month this October. Each week, DRPT will highlight the unique features of Virginia’s essential transit agencies and help connect riders with mobility service in the Commonwealth.

“During these unprecedented times, transit systems have remained dedicated to providing an essential service, getting people where they need to go in communities across the Commonwealth,” said Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine. “I want to thank our transit partners for maintaining this lifeline – a critical connection for all Virginians.”

Transit Appreciation Activities in October are as follows:

  • October 5-9: Meet Your Transit Team showcases the real faces behind the many dedicated transit agencies that provide daily transportation service to their community.

  • October 12-16: Keeping Transit Safe sheds light on transit’s extensive health and safety measures that protect riders and employees during COVID-19.

  • October 19-23: Your Transit Agency features different transit agencies and the services they provide.

  • October 26-30: Transporting Our Essential Workers highlights public transit’s essential role in the community and how transit keeps the Commonwealth moving. 

"We thank our transit partners across Virginia for their commitment to mobility,” said Jennifer Mitchell, Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. “DRPT dedicates the month of October to the transit agencies that work diligently day in and day out to transport people to doctor’s appointments, critical supplies, employment opportunities, and beyond. Thank you!”

Transit Appreciation Month promotes Virginia’s public transit agencies and showcases transit as a safe transportation option for essential travel. Local public transit agencies across Virginia are participating in this initiative, including:

  • Arlington Transit (ART)
  • Bay Transit
  • Blacksburg Transit
  • Blackstone Bus
  • BRITE Bus Transit Service
  • Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)
  • DASH (Alexandria)
  • Fairfax Connector
  • Fairfax CUE
  • Four County Transit
  • GO Alex
  • Graham Transit
  • Greater Lynchburg Transit Company (GLTC)
  • GRTC Transit System
  • Hampton Roads Transit
  • Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation (HDPT)
  • Loudoun County Transit System
  • Mountain Empire Older Citizens Transit (MEOC)
  • Mountain Lynx
  • OmniRide
  • Suffolk Transit
  • Valley Metro
  • Virginia Breeze
  • Virginia Regional Transit (VRT)
  • VRE
  • Washington Metro Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA)

For more information about Transit Appreciation Month visit


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