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Blacksburg Transit Provides Election Day Transportation

Need a ride to the polls this election day, or want to continue the theme of Sustainability Week and encourage the use of public transportation while exercising your right to vote?

Blacksburg Transit is providing "Election Day transportation service to voting locations within the Town of Blacksburg. Service will operate from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 4, 2008 to the following voting locations:

  • Blacksburg Library, Blacksburg Middle School
  • Blacksburg Community Center on Patrick Henry
  • Gilbert Linkous Elementary
  • Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
  • Margaret Beeks Elementary
  • Slusser Chapel
  • St. Michaels Lutheran Church

For detailed information regarding your district and voting location please visit the Montgomery County Registrar's Office at www.montva.com or call (540) 382-5741.

For up to date detailed information regarding Election Day Service visit the Blacksburg Transit Website at www.btransit.org or call (540) 961-1185 for service questions."

They also have an Election Day route schedule:

BT election route

Bus Service In Christiansburg?

Perhaps.  From Blacksburg Alert today:

The Town of Christiansburg in conjunction with Blacksburg Transit, the Town of Blacksburg,
Virginia Tech, and Montgomery County* are working together to increase public transportation and commuting options within the Town of Christiansburg. The first step in this process is the completion of a survey that will be mailed to Christiansburg residents to determine the use/need of expanded bus service in the Christiansburg area.

The bus survey offers a unique opportunity for each citizen to contribute and help design the future of bus service in Christiansburg. The results of this survey, which will be sent to every household in the Christiansburg area, will serve as the foundation for the new service; hence every response is critical. Christiansburg Town Manager Lance Terpenny, commented  “The great thing about this survey is that it allows our citizens to contribute to the planning process; ultimately building their own service.”

The survey will be mailed early October 2008, with the estimated implementation of the routes set for late 2009.

For further information regarding the survey contact Erik Olsen, Transportation Planner at (540) 961-1185 or email Erik Olsen at eolsen at blacksburg dot gov.

* Survey funded by the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Montgomery Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

Christiansburg residents … be on the lookout for these surveys.  Better public transportation options are likely going to be more and more important to our communities in the coming years.

Still Waiting On Those Spinners

While we wait for the BT to install the spinners on their new Hokie Express (you KNOW it’d look good), we did a short little interview with Dave Elmore, creator of the winning design.  For the interview, I’ll play the part of Me, and Dave will play himself.

Me:      Dave, how did you conceive the design?
I had actually imagined the dimensional logo design a long time ago and was just waiting for the right project to apply it.  The title "Hokie Express" fit my idea perfectly by joining the "E" at the end of "Hokie" and at the beginning of "Express".  Before I ever started the drawing I already knew what it would look like. 

Me:      How long did it take to create?
It didn’t take me long at all to come up with the design.  I had actually imagined the dimensional logo design a long time ago and was just waiting for the right project to apply it.  I sat down at my computer on a Saturday morning, about a week before the contest deadline and started working on my design.  By early that afternoon the design was complete.  I made a few minor tweaks here and there over the next couple of days (drawing and redrawing the Hokie Bird) but basically, it took about 5 or 6 hours. 

Me:      What’s your favorite part of the design?
My favorite part of the design is it’s dimensional perspective which worked really well with the two colors, orange and maroon.  By adding some shading and framing it with the heavy black across the top, the design really seems to pop out.

Me:      Anything else?
I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who voted!

So there you have it – Dave’s a psychic when it comes to his designs, loves the two best colors in the world, and wants to say thanks to all of his adoring fans!  Dave, thanks for taking the time, and congratulations on the design!  Tomorrow, we’ll have an interview with Fiona Rhodes, Marketing guru at the Blacksburg Transit.

The BT Unveils Its New Whip

This morning I had the pleasure of joining the Blacksburg Transit (BT), members of Blacksburg’s Town government, Virginia Tech administrators and media folks in the unveiling of the BT’s newest route, the Hokie Express.  The bus will circulate only on the Virginia Tech campus, and features a wrapped logo design that was created by Dave Elmore, a local graphic designer and installed by a Charlotte company, AdMark.  The route was created to celebrate the BT’s 25th Anniversary.  I hope to have interviews with Dave and the BT’s Marketing guru Fiona Rhodes in the next day or so, but for now here are some pictures and a link to more video.

Did You Know?

  • The Blacksburg Transit was established in April 1983, with eight vehicles.  They now have thirty six.
  • The original number of routes was three, and is now eleven – with service to Christiansburg as well.
  • Blacksburg Transit carries more than 2.5 million passengers a year, up from 650,000 in 1983.

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Img_1600Contest winner David Elmore being interviewed by a local station

(my apologies to WSLS for walking through their video interview – completely embarrassing)