Regional Profile – Danville Transit

Regional Profile – Danville Transit

Danville Transit serves as the transit agency for the City of Danville, and provides service comprehensively throughout the city via its fixed route and dial a ride operations.

Danville Transit operates six fixed route bus runs throughout the city, which focus on areas north and south of the Dan River, along West Main Street, as well as east along U.S. Route 58, terminating at Airside Industrial Park.  Popular locations throughout the city which are served by Danville Transit include the River District, the main retail section of the city encompassing the Danville Mall, Danville Community College, and residential areas situated on the north and south sides of the city.  The transit system’s two main transfer points include the “Hub,” located at 515 Spring Street; and Nor Dan Drive, located on the north end of the city.  Danville Transit’s fixed-route system operates Monday – Saturday from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., and the base fare is $1.00, though seniors and persons with disabilities are entitled to a half-fare discount (50 cents) between the hours of 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.; children up to 12 years old ride free when accompanied by an adult.

There is far more to Danville Transit than just the fixed-route system.  The system operates the Handivan service which involves door to door service for persons with disabilities.  The Handivan service maintains the same hours as the fixed-route system.  A Reserve-A-Ride service is also operated by Danville Transit, which enables residents to reserve a personal ride anywhere throughout the City of Danville between the hours of 4 a.m. and 1 a.m., Monday – Saturday at a cost of $4.00 and students $2; Reserve A Ride enables residents to travel up to 10 miles outside of city limits on Saturdays from 12 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Since Averett University operates two campuses in Danville, Danville Transit operates the Cougar Express, which connects Averett’s main campus, located along West Main Street, with the North Campus, situated along Mount Cross Road; the North Campus houses the university’s sports and athletic facilities.  The service operates Monday – Friday (though at different times depending on the day) from about 7:45 a.m. until early afternoon.

A relative newcomer to the Danville Transit system is the Mainline Trolley bus route, which is provided through the River District, along Riverside Drive, and west along Main Street where it loops along Park Avenue on the return trip.  The service operates on Friday and Saturday evenings from April – December, and will provide door-to-door service within ¼-mile of the fixed route with advanced notice.  This new component of Danville Transit serves as a circulator throughout the River District and other nearby prominent locations such as Riverside Drive and the Ballou Park area.  For additional information about existing transit service in Danville, please visit https://www.danville-va.gov/508/Mass-Transit.

While Danville Transit currently serves destinations within the City of Danville, that is planned to change next year subject to the approval of a state Demonstration grant that would allow for new service to be provided along the U.S. Route 29 corridor north to the Town of Hurt, as well as east along U.S. Route 58 to South Boston.  Danville Transit did receive a capital grant this fiscal year to acquire three new 14-seat body on chassis buses to provide transportation service to Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties and the vehicles should be delivered this spring.  This service extension will not only help Danville Transit expand its reach, but will expand mobility throughout the region for those with limited or no transportation options.  Service is planned to begin in late 2019.  Up until November 12, 2018 Danville Transit is soliciting public input for its expansion into Pittsylvania County.  You are encouraged to read more about this expansion and provide your input by taking a brief survey here:  https://www.godanriver.com/news/pittsylvania_county/public-input-on-new-bus-service-requested-via-survey/article_193fecee-d64c-11e8-b241-8b01d8222ff5.html.

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