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PUBLIC TRANSIT SERVICE

The county does not operate its own public transit program but works with three organizations that provide service throughout the County. JAUNT is a public transit organization providing rural, commuter, and paratransit services within Albemarle County. Services they offer include the 29 Express, rural demand-response, ADA compatible, and regular routes from rural locations destined for Charlottesville. Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) is a City of Charlottesville department which provides fixed-route bus service throughout the greater Charlottesville area including Albemarle County. The third service provider is University Transit Service (UTS) which primarily serves University of Virginia students in the immediate area surrounding the University. UTS allows the public to ride on their system for free.

AIR TRAVEL

The Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) is a commercial service airport offering one-stop international and domestic destinations, as well as daily non-stop flights around the U.S. It is served by Delta, United Express and American Airlines offering over 50 daily non-stop flights to and from Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York/LaGuardia, Washington/Dulles, Atlanta, and Chicago.

RAIL

Passenger and freight rail service are available throughout the region on tracks owned by two Class I freight railroads: Norfolk Southern Railroad's north-south Piedmont mainline and CSX Railroad's east-west line, which is leased and operated by Buckingham Branch Railroad, a local short line railroad.

Passenger rail is operated through the City of Charlottesville’s West Main Street Passenger Rail Station and provided by AMTRAK, which offer daily round trip service on the AMTRAK Crescent between New Orleans and New York. AMTRAK also provides long distance service three days a week on the Cardinal line between Chicago and New York, including stops throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Both of these routes link the region to Washington, D.C. and the Northeast Corridor.

RESOURCES

 JAUNT

Charlottesville Area Transit

University Transit Service

Charlottesville Albemarle Airport

Norfolk Southern Railroad

Buckingham Branch Railroad

AMTRAK