Valley Metro (Roanoke)

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Valley Metro
Valley Metro Roanoke.png
Valley Metro bus in downtown Roanoke, Virginia.jpg
Founded 1975
Headquarters 1108 Campbell Avenue SE, Roanoke, Virginia
Service area Roanoke, Salem, Vinton and portions of Roanoke County.
Service type bus service
Hubs Campbell Court Transfer Station
Website http://www.valleymetro.com

Valley Metro, the operational name for the Greater Roanoke Transit Company, is a local government-owned urban-suburban bus line based in Roanoke, Virginia with First Transit providing the general and assistant general managers.[1] The staff is employed by Southwest Virginia Transit Management Company. Valley Metro serves the independent cities of Roanoke and Salem, the town of Vinton, and limited unincorporated portions of Roanoke County.[2] Valley Metro has a fleet of 44 buses and 7 paratransit vehicles, and many lines originate and/or terminate at Campbell Court, a central bus station in downtown Roanoke which is also served by Greyhound.[1]

Valley Metro operates the Smart Way Bus, with a route that serves Roanoke, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech. The Smart Way Connector provides Smart Way passengers with service to Bedford and the Kemper Street Amtrak station in Lynchburg.[3]

Controversy[edit]

In December 2008, it was reported that Chip Holdren, Valley Metro's Assistant General Manager, and Matt Wynn, the system's procurement officer, had been suspended due to an investigation into possible bid-rigging involving funds for an office renovation at Greater Roanoke Transit Company.[4] The investigation involved $223,301 spent on furnishing and decorating Valley Metro's office and the award of contracts to Holdren's Interiors which is owned by Diane Holdren, the wife Mr. Holdren.[4] The furniture used for the remodeling was at least $55,000 above competitive market pricing, the auditor's report found, and the total cost of the project exceeded its budget by 123 percent.[5] Several persons involved with the scandal have since been fired,[6] but as of May 2010, a federal criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office was reported to continue.[7]

Route list[edit]

Typical Valley Metro bus interior
Typical Valley Metro bus stop signage

Effective June 1, 2010 Valley Metro buses only stop at designated bus stops, as previous to this buses would stop at every corner.[8] Many passengers have expressed disapproval of this new policy. Valley Metro officials state that the changes are necessary to keep buses on schedule as ridership has increased.[8] As of June 2010.[2]

  • 11/12 - Valley View Mall to Campbell Court via Hershberger/Cove Roads
  • 15/16 - Valley View Mall to Campbell Court via Grandview/Greenland Avenues
  • 21/22 - Crossroads Mall to Campbell Court via Williamson Road
  • 25/26 - Crossroads Mall to Campbell Court via Hollins/Hershberger Roads
  • 31/32 - Vinton to Campbell Court via Campbell Avenue/King Street
  • 35/36 - Vinton to Campbell Court via Dale/Washington Avenues
  • 41/42 - Southeast Roanoke to Campbell Court
  • 51/52 - Tanglewood Mall to Campbell Court via Avenham Avenue/Jefferson Street
  • 55/56 - Tanglewood Mall to Campbell Court via Franklin Rd/Colonial Ave
  • 61/62 - Brambleton/Red Rock to Campbell Court
  • 65/66 - Carlton/Grandin to Campbell Court
  • 71/72 - Lewis Gale Hospital to Campbell Court
  • 75/76 - Veterans Hospital to Campbell Court
  • 81/82 - Salem to Campbell Court via Melrose Avenue (transfer to bus 91 at Goodwill Industries to go further into Salem)
  • 85/86 - Peters Creek to Campbell Court
  • 91/92 - Goodwill Industries (Salem location) to Lewis-Gale Hospital (also services VA Hospital)
  • Smart Way - to Blacksburg/Virginia Tech
  • Maroon Express - to Roanoke College
  • Hollins Express - to Hollins University
  • Ferrum Express - to Ferrum College

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Valley Metro. "About Us". Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Valley Metro. "Valley Metro System Map". Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Valley Metro. "Smart Way Bus". Retrieved June 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Adams, Mason (December 4, 2008). "Inquiry deepens at Roanoke bus system". The Roanoke Times. p. A1. 
  5. ^ Hammack, Laurence (September 12, 2009). "Audit implicates former leader at Valley Metro". The Roanoke Times. p. A1. 
  6. ^ Adams, Mason (September 17, 2009). "Valley Metro's ex-leader fired". The Roanoke Times. p. A9. 
  7. ^ Hammack, Laurence (May 16, 2010). "Federal investigation of Valley Metro's books continues". The Roanoke Times. p. A14. 
  8. ^ a b Adams, Mason (July 25, 2010). "Bus route changes draw ire". The Roanoke Times. 

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