The Afton Express commuter bus now offers passenger promotions, UVA employee discount cards and an improved timetable.
Afton Express serves Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, Charlottesville and Albemarle County, five days a week. Launched in 2021, ridership on the route has grown steadily over the first seven months. Ridership in March hit a record high with an average of 34 passenger trips per day for the new service.
During the week of April 25-29, the Bring-A-Buddy promotion encourages Afton Express passengers to introduce the service to a family member or friend. Anyone who brings a new passenger will receive a free ticket for themselves and the new passenger.
Afton Express also partners with the University of Virginia to offer discounted rates to UVA employees. UVA employees can purchase a 10-point transit card for a discount through UVA’s Parking and Transportation office. Fare cards typically cost $25 for 10 rides, but are available to UVA employees for $20.
To better reflect journey times, Afton Express has adjusted stop times for afternoon routes.
“Afternoon traffic on I-64 has increased since we launched service. We are updating stop times to reflect this change,” says regional planner Paula Melester.
The new afternoon stop times came into effect on Monday 18 April and are reflected on the Afton Express website, as well as in the new route brochures available on the buses. Bus routes and stops will remain the same, but Afton Express operators hope to expand the service in the future.
“We look forward to expanding this service. Ridership is increasing every month and we are receiving positive feedback from our passengers. We know there is interest in additional stop locations and increasing the frequency of existing service. We are excited about the potential,” Melester said.
For more information about the Afton Express, explore the website at AftonExpress.org or follow Afton Express on social media.