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Posted on: January 4, 2019

New Valley Metro Bus Routes in Vinton...

Valley Metro Bus Route Changes
New Valley Metro bus routes within the Town of Vinton will go into effect on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Riders will be informed of the upcoming changes to Routes 35 and 36 with written notifications posted on the bus stops that are to be eliminated or relocated.

The updated Valley Metro bus routes are a result of a two-year process involving Town staff, members of the community, Valley Metro administrative staff, and the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) personnel. The process included the collection of data and public feedback through the means of ridership surveys, community meetings, public hearings, and meetings with transit experts. 

History of the Route Changes:
  • Early 2017- Valley Metro conducted ridership surveys at the request of the Town
  • October 30th, 2017- Community meeting at Vinton War Memorial
  • November 7th, 2017- Public hearing on the topic at the Council Meeting
  • February 2018- RVARC developed proposed changes to existing bus routes
  • July 2018- Town Staff meet with the administrative staff of Valley Metro
  • July- Early August 2018- RVARC and Town staff develop a bus route map based on various factors; including economic development.
  • August 2018- Valley Metro administrative staff host a joint mobile meeting on one of their buses with Town staff.
  • September 10, 2018- TOV Finance Committee presentation
  • September 17, 2018- Valley Metro/GRTC Board approval of the proposed route
  • September 18. 2018- Council briefing on proposed route changes
  • September 27. 2018- Joint public information meeting with Valley Metro at War Memorial
  • October 16, 2018- Council passes resolution endorsing new bus route changes
  • November 19. 2018- Final Meeting with Valley Metro to finalize bus stop locations

Information for Riders: 
The new route is reciprocating within the Town of Vinton which will allow residents and visitors to travel to local businesses, restaurants, and entertainment venues without leaving the town limits.

Buses will no longer enter the parking lots of privately owned shopping centers, like Lake Drive Plaza and River Park Shopping Centers, in order to promote greater pedestrian safety and align with transit best management practices.

With the new bus routes, buses will travel east on West Virginia Avenue from the City of Roanoke to the Town of Vinton, turn left onto Pollard Street with stops at the Carilion Clinic Family Medicine Parkway Physicians and the Roanoke County Vinton Branch Library.

The route will then make a right turn onto Washington Avenue and stop at the former Vinton Motors Building (future site of the Vinyard Station mixed-use development project). Most existing stops have been preserved along the rest of Washington Avenue. The route then turns right onto Bypass Road with a single bus stop fronting the River Park Shopping Center, as buses will no longer enter this property. 

The Valley Metro buses will then turn right onto Hardy Road, then make a left turn onto Vinyard Road to the Clearview Manor Apartments. New bus stops are being installed on both sides of Vinyard Road to accommodate for the higher traffic flow to the Lake Drive Plaza Shopping Center, the Lancerlot Sports Complex, and the future site of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium.

Along the inbound route returning along the same route in a reciprocal manner, two stops will be located fronting Lake Drive Plaza with one near the Shoe Show and the other near the Kroger Fuel station. 

The buses then continue on Bypass Road, Washington Avenue, and Pollard Street where it will stop in front of the Post Office building and the Vinton Municipal building before returning to Campbell Station via West Virginia Avenue.

The updated map can be found on the Valley Metro website by following this link: https://valleymetro.com/route_changes.html
Direct customer questions about service to the Valley Metro website: https://valleymetro.com or call:  (540) 982-2222.

For additional questions/inquiries, contact: 
Nathaniel McClung 
Principal Planner  
phone:  (540) 283-7009 
email:  nmcclung@vintonva.gov

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