U.Va. Students, Employees Riding the Bus More Often

March 2, 2009 — University of Virginia students and employees appear to be on board with public transit.

Riders with U.Va. identification cards, who may ride Charlottesville Transit System buses for free, averaged about 26,000 rides a month from September through January.

According to Rebecca White, director of parking and transportation for the University, this is up from an average of 18,000 rides per month for the same period last year.

Rides on the University's own buses have remained constant at about 15,000 a month.

"We have been very aggressive about sharing this information with employees," White said.

She said there was a boost in ridership when gasoline prices spiked during the summer, but the numbers did not decrease with the gasoline prices.

"The numbers are still trending up," White said.

About 16 percent of the city's bus riders display U.Va. identification cards, White said.

— By Matt Kelly