This 2022 football season Blacksburg Transit will provide increased frequency on regular in-town routes during peak travel times on football game days. This service for game days and the information below may change from home game to home game. Please review the information below prior to every game.
Revised or new information from last week's game below.
- On 9/22 at 4 p.m. the system in Blacksburg will switch to intermediate service from full service for the rest of the operating day. Extra buses will be added to accomodate game day customers and those that will not be attending the game.
We realize not everyone is going to the game, if that is you click for some tips on how to get around when there's a football game.
What you need to know before the game starts:
- Three hours before kickoff at 4:30 p.m. all buses, including regular route buses, will detour to make an extra stop at Cassell Coliseum. The only exception is the Two Town Trolley (TTT) route bus.
- Please take note of the route you are using to get to the game. You will need to catch this same route after the game (no color designations this year).This route information is represented by a three letter designation code such as HWD, TOM etc. located on a digital display to the left of front door as you board the bus.
What you need to know after the game starts:
- During the game, and after, regular scheduled routes will operate as normal servicing all routes and stops. There will be delays.
- Buses will begin to depart Cassell Coliseum two hours after kickoff.
- Use the three letter route designation located to the left of the front doors to find the route that you used to get to the game.
- Please be patient. After the game it’s difficult to get buses back to Cassell Coliseum after they leave due to traffic departing the stadium. There will be delays.
- BT Access provides ADA service to passengers with disabilities to and from the game.
- ADA service will operate from the Perry Street parking garage. VT charges a parking fee (Map).
- At the garage, you will be given a pass by Virginia Tech staff to use the ADA service. You will not be allowed to board the BT vehicle without this pass which is distributed by Virginia Tech staff at the parking garage. Please retain this pass for boarding before and after the game.
- BT Access will drop off and pick up at the south end of Lane Stadium.
- The on campus handicap lot can fill quickly. Please plan accordingly.
- Call BT Access at 540-443-1533 if you need additional information. Do not call this number about the boarding passes that are distributed by Virginia Tech staff at the parking garage.
Other helpful information:
- No open food or beverages will be permitted on board.
- All BT buses are fare-free for all passengers. Parking lots on and off campus may charge a fee for parking.
- BT no longer services the Blacksburg Middle School (P2).
- Parking at the Good Shepard Church is serviced by the Hethwood (HWD) route at the BT bus stop at the intersection of Heather Drive & Huntington Lane.
- The Toms Creek (TOM) route has a BT stop near Gilbert Linkous Elementary School.
- The CRC route will service the Airport using the BT bus stop at the entrance of the parking lot on Research Center Drive (Map). The CRC route drops off and picks up passengers at Cassell Colisium on Washington Street not the south stadium lot.
- Those parking in non-ADA spots in the Perry Street parking garage can board a bus at stop 1106 on Stanger Street between Barger Street and Old Turner Street, at Wright House stop 1115 on West Campus Drive across from Drillfield Drive or at Burruss Hall (stop 1101) along the north side of the Drillfield. Buses may be full at this point so consider walking to the stadium.
- Those looking to return to North End Center following the game can board the MSN bus on Washington Street outside of Cassell Coliseum. If the MSN bus departs campus via Alumni Mall then get off at Waffle House stop on Main Street. If MSN departs via Stanger Street then get off at Buffalo Wild Wings stop on Prices Fork Road. You can walk to North End Center from either of these two stops.
- Buses will try to maintain their schedule on game days but this can prove challenging due to the tremendous increase in traffic so please be patient and allow ample travel time.
Parking in Christiansburg:
- BT does not provide additional service from Christiansburg to Blacksburg.
- For those planning to park in Christiansburg and take the Two Town Trolley (TTT) to and from the game, please be aware of the following:
- TTT is an hourly service. On game days, it is extremely difficult to keep a schedule so expect delays. Full schedule information is available here.
- For evening games, it is likely that the game will last longer than service on TTT. The last bus from Blacksburg to Christiansburg leaves Squires at 8:15 pm.
- TTT can only carry 70-80 passengers at a time. If it is full, it will be another hour until the next bus.
The reality is we live in a small college town and for six days out of 365 there will be game days that disrupt traffic and schedules all day long. Below is some information that may be helpful on those six days.
Special Note: On 9/22 at 4 p.m. the system in Blacksburg will switch to intermediate service from full service for the rest of the operating day. Extra buses will be on the road to accomodate game day customers and those that will not be attending the game. More Info at https://ridebt.org/news-alerts/354-thursday-9-22-system-wide-route-and-schedule-change
- The absolute best time to travel is during the game itself…think of it as three hours in the eye of the tornado. Everything is very calm. The absolute worst time to travel is one hour before kickoff and immediately after the game ends.
- Regular bus routes will run as normal servicing all routes and stops until three hours before kickoff. At that point all buses will make an extra stop at Cassell Coliseum except the Two Town Trolley. At the end of the game regular bus routes will run as normal except everything will enter and leave campus via Stanger Street until traffic returns to normal…expect significant delays.
- Lane Stadium seats about 66,000 people, many of which are traveling into Blacksburg from out of town. Traffic is likely to cause delays and routes are likely to be off schedule at any point on the six game days.