Virginia Breeze -- a new bus route between Washington, D.C., and Blacksburg -- is set to begin providing service on December 1.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Megabus are launching a new bus route on December 1. As "Virginia Breeze" begins service next month, Virginia Tech students and residents of D.C. and Virginia will have another travel option between Blacksburg and the nation's capital. The six-hour route will operate between Virginia Tech’s Student Center and Washington, D.C.’s Union Station with a handful of stops in between. The new bus route provides an alternative to Greyhound and driving along busy stretches of the I-66 and 81 Interstates. A 2013 study conducted by the Department of Rail and Transportation estimated that the route will transport 15,000 riders yearly. [caption id="attachment_5015" align="aligncenter" width="259"]Virginia Breeze Courtesy of WFIR[/caption]
Virginia Breeze will operate once daily in each direction. D.C.-bound buses will leave from Blacksburg at 8 a.m. and arrive in D.C. at 2:30 p.m., and Blacksburg-bound buses will leave from Union Station at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in Blacksburg at 3:40 p.m.  The bus will make seven stops along the six-hour route in Arlington -- at Dulles Airport, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Lexington, and Christiansburg. One-way tickets will cost $50 from Virginia Tech to D.C. Travel along one or two stops will cost roughly $15 while traveling along half the route will cost between $25 and $35.  Prices however will vary based on the time of year and day of week of travel. In addition to providing students of Virginia Tech, James Madison University, VMI, and other schools with an additional and more convenient travel option, the Virginia Breeze will also provide D.C. and Virginia residents with an alternate means of transportation to Dulles Airport and other destinations via Megabus connection points, such as Philadelphia and New York. Each Virginia Breeze Bus will have a 56-seat capacity and will be equipped with power outlets and include free Wi-Fi services. Tickets will only be available online once the bus’s website has been launched.

Interstate 66 is ready for expansion.