Blacksburg Transit to switch to regular schedule one week early
The Blacksburg Transit announced on Tuesday that it would switch from break service to regular service one week earlier than in previous years.
All BT routes will begin operating on regular service on Sunday, Aug. 15.
The BT had previously planned to remain on break service until Sunday, Aug. 22.
Classes at Virginia Tech and the New River Valley Community College begin Monday, Aug. 23.
A press release from the town of Blacksburg said the change in schedule was made partially because of resident need.
“We did it because our riders have been asking for it,” said Ken Tucker, a BT spokesman.
The press release also said the early schedule is “a pilot program and will be evaluated for future planning.”
“We had over three million people last year,” Tucker said.
Bus route maps and more information are available at www.BTransit.org.
UVa fills section for upcoming game
The University of Virginia announced last week to its football season ticket holders that fewer Cavalier fans than usual had purchased tickets for the annual UVa-Virginia Tech football game.
Those tickets have now been successfully sold to UVa fans.
Craig Littlepage, athletic director for UVa, wrote in an e-mail to season ticket holders that after allowing donors to the Virginia Athletics Foundation to order tickets to the Tech game as part of the football season ticket application, the school had 1,000 extra tickets.
Littlepage attributed the leftover tickets to the fact that this year’s game will be played in Blacksburg on Nov. 27.
Littlepage encouraged UVa fans to purchase the extra tickets to “reverse this trend” of Tech fans purchasing tickets in the UVa section of Scott Stadium at past games at UVa.
“It’s important that only Cavalier fans have access to our allotment of tickets,” the e-mail read.
“A number of our fans have voiced their concerns about this and have written to me and others within the Athletics Department,” Littlepage wrote. “The first opportunity to begin to reverse this trend is to make sure we have strong support for our team in Blacksburg this season. It’s up to all of us to help make this happen.”
Rich Murray, UVa’s associate athletic director for media relations, said Tuesday that all extra tickets had been sold, meaning none would be returned to Tech.
“We have sold out our allotment of tickets except for the number we hold for our students,” he said.
Tickets for home games available
The athletics department announced Tuesday that there are a limited number of individual tickets available for five of the seven home games in the upcoming football season.
Tickets are available to the Sept. 11 game against James Madison University, the Sept. 18 game against East Caroline University, the Oct. 23 game against Duke and the Thursday night game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 4.
A press release said the tickets are available because the visiting teams returned a portion of their ticket allotments.
Tickets can be purchased through the ticket office or on HokieTickets.com.