Smart Way Connector to Enhance Transportation Options

Bus-to-rail service connecting Amtrak

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   Senator Edwards and Mayor Bowers send off passengers departing on the inaugural trip at 5:50am this morning.

Connecting Mountains of Regional Tourism Possibilities

With this new service, passengers can travel from Blacksburg to Lynchburg on one bus system, opening new options for rail travel while helping to boost tourism, business and educational ties between the communities.  "The Smart Way Connector is as symbolic as it is convenient," said Roanoke Mayor David Bowers. "First, this is an important first step in demonstrating to Amtrak the demand for passenger rail service to Roanoke. And as communities in our region work more closely together across geographic boundaries, it's the first time people can travel via public transportation for any reason from any bus stop to, from and within the three regions."

Smart Way Connector schedule

The Smart Way Connector departs from the Roanoke Civic Center Mondays - Thursdays at 5:50 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 5:45 a.m. and 7:20 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 8 a.m. and 6:20 p.m.

It departs Virginia Tech Fridays at 4:35 a.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 6:40 a.m.

Smart Way Connector stops are:

  • Blacksburg (Virginia Tech Squires Student Center)
  • Christiansburg (Exit 118A park and ride)
  • Salem (Exit 140 park and ride)
  • Roanoke Civic Center (Lot C)
  • Bedford Welcome Center
  • Lynchburg Amtrak train station

For additional schedule details, please call (540) 982-2222 or visit

Contact Catherine Fox, Director of Tourism & Communications, with any comments or questions:
Office - (540) 342-6025 (Ext. 114)
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