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University celebrates 3 millionth rider with Blacksburg Transit


   

Stephen Carey, fourth from left, is the honorary 3 millionth rider. Stephen Carey, fourth from left, is the honorary 3 millionth rider.


BLACKSBURG, Va., May 21, 2010 – As students unloaded the Tom's Creek bus along the Drillfield on the morning of Tuesday, April 27, each student was handed an envelope. Inside one was a special ticket recognizing the recipient as the honorary 3 millionth Blacksburg Transit rider for the year.

“Carrying over 3 million passengers in one year is a huge milestone for us,” said Rebecca Martin, Director of Blacksburg Transit. “We wanted to take this opportunity to thank our riders for their commitment to BT.”

The achievement is also welcomed by Debby Freed, Virginia Tech’s alternative transportation manager.

“Reaching 3 million, and knowing that most of that is made up of students and Virginia Tech faculty and staff, it’s easy to realize the tremendous service that alternative transportation programs provide not only to the university but to the surrounding communities as well,” said Freed.

Programs such as Bike, Bus & Walk has contributed to the successes of Blacksburg Transit and combined with other programs such as carpooling have also gained state and national recognition.

Stephen Carey, claimed the title receiving a $100 gift certificate for Downtown Blacksburg Inc.

The celebration also included a speech given by Brandon Carroll, outgoing Virginia Tech Student Government Association president.