Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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.”

Learn more here.'

Jim Babb

Jim Babb works for Virginia's Community Colleges in the Office of Strategic Communications.

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