“For far too long, the lack of transportation has prevented many Bristol, Virginia residents from continuing their education beyond high school. Today, transportation is no longer a barrier.”
–VHCC Interim President Charlie White
With the beginning of fall classes this week, Virginia Highlands Community College students can make the 16-mile trip between Bristol and the VHCC campus in Abingdon, free of charge.
The new #CollegeExpress service will operate Monday through Thursday. The route will serve up to 40 VHCC students on buses operated by the Mountain Lynx regional transit service. A pair of 20-seat buses will serve the new route. Students showing their official college ID passes will ride free of charge.
#CollegeExpress is made possible through a $29,000 grant from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE). A host of local government and community organizations helped to coordinate the new service.
Jo Hutton, a VHCC career coach at Virginia H.S. in Bristol has been dreaming of better transit opportunities for decades. “Many of our students don’t even have a family car, much less a driver’s license,” said Hutton. “Today is a new day.”
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