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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Charlottesville Area Transit - Service Changes August 16, 2014

Contact: Westley Kern, Charlottesville Area Transit Marketing Coordinator
Address:  1545 Avon Street Extended, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone:  434-970-3349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- August 13th, 2014
Service Changes
Effective August 16, 2014

Charlottesville, Virginia... 8/13/2014... On August 16, 2014, Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) will implement a new service schedule. Changes to the schedule include minor route alignment tweaks, frequency adjustments, and an increase in service hours.
The following changes will occur:
Route 1 will return service to Monticello Road. The route will serve Monticello Road on its return trip from PVCC. The stops on Monticello Avenue at Elliott Avenue (Northbound) and Monticello Avenue at Blenheim Avenue (Northbound) will be discontinued. Three new stops will be implemented along Monticello Road including one near 1400 Monticello Road. Route 1 will also bypass East Market Street on its return from Riverside Avenue. The bus stop at East Market Street at 18th Street NE (Westbound) will be discontinued. The stop on Chesapeake Street at 18th Street NE (Westbound) will be reinstated. The layover at PVCC will occur at the Stultz Center instead of the Main Building. When leaving the Stultz Building, the bus will travel to the Dickinson and Main Buildings. The service day will be extended from 9:30 PM to 10:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

View the full size image of Route 1 here.
Route 4 will extend its service day from 11:45 PM to 12:00 AM Monday through Saturday. The route will end at Willoughby Square Shopping Center instead of the UVA Hospital. The route will also have a -5 minute time point shift at the hospital and a -10 minute time point shift at Jordan Hall. The time point shifts will increase passenger transfer efficiency at the Downtown Transit Station.
Route 6 will extend its service day from 11:45 PM to 12:00 AM Monday through Saturday.  The route will end at Jordan Hall instead of Willoughby Square Shopping Center.  The route will also have a -5 minute time point shift at Willoughby Square Shopping Center when traveling inbound towards the Downtown Transit Station.
Route 7 will increase its frequency from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes Monday through Saturday between the times of 6:25 AM and 7:40 PM. The adjustment in frequency will increase transfer opportunities between the Route 5 and Route 7 buses at the Barracks Road Shopping Center.
Route 8 will have a -5 minute time point shift at the CVS in the Barracks Road Shopping Center. This time shift will occur when the bus is traveling outbound to the Shops at Stonefield and inbound to the Downtown Transit Station.
Route 10 will extend its service day from 6:30 PM to 11:27 PM. The increase in service hours will allow evening access to Martha Jefferson Hospital.
On Sunday afternoons, the Free Trolley will operate every 20 to 25 minutes instead of every 45 minutes.
New Rider's Guides which showcase route maps and schedules are currently available on all CAT buses and at the Downtown Transit Station located at 615 East Water Street.  Passengers can also visit CAT's website at to download a digital copy.
Download CAT's FREE mobile app! Find nearby bus stops, see real time arrival information, and receive instant notifications.  Available on both the Android and iOS 7 platforms.
Charlottesville Area Transit provides bus service to the greater Charlottesville area. Riders enjoy safe, clean, and comfortable service Monday through Sunday.  Most routes operate out of the Downtown Transit Station at 615 East Water Street.  In addition to fixed-route service, CAT offers a free Trolley connecting Downtown to the University of Virginia. 
Sent by Charlottesville Area Transit, 1545 Avon Street Extended, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Friday, August 8, 2014

Monthly FSNA Newsletter

Dear FSNA Member,

Our next general membership meeting is Wednesday, August 13, 6:00-7:30 PM, at Cherry Avenue Christian Church.  Normally this newsletter would include an agenda; however, this month there are several events of great interest to our neighborhood, and I'd like to take a moment to tell you a little about them, in chronological order.

In response to a motion approved by the general membership in 2013, Neighborhood Development Services (NDS) has initiated a study of the potential rezoning of properties currently zoned R2 in the areas of Stribling, Crestmont, and Shamrock, to R1S. A joint public hearing, before both City Council and the Planning Commission, will be held Tuesday, August 12, at 5:30 PM, in Council chambers.

From its inception, and in accordance with its constitutional mandate, your Neighborhood Association's goal is "the conservation and enhancement of the Fry’s Spring neighborhood as an attractive, safe, enjoyable place to live." We have always welcomed professionals, retirees, students, homeowners and renters alike, to this wonderful neighborhood, and that is not going to change.  In requesting this rezoning, I am joining three past presidents and other committed members to ask the City to recognize and help us deal with the pressures of growth and its potential impact on the stability of our neighborhood, without adversely affecting the existing R2 properties' value as rentals.

We understand that this is a complex issue and we respect the concerns of R2 property owners. Mike Farruggio and Hardy Whitten are reaching out to concerned neighbors in the affected areas. If you do not have their contact information, please feel free to contact me at and I will put you in touch with them.

Next, the 3rd Bike-Walk-Play JPA event will be held Saturday, August 16, from 9:00 AM to noon. It is shaping up to be a great time! As their Facebook page says, "The event will stretch for 1 mile from the JPA Bridge to the Harris/Camellia/JPA Extended intersection. Through active recreation and transportation, Bike Walk Play JPA celebrates and builds connections - ...between people to each other, to their neighborhood, to local organizations, and to local businesses. It encourages people to discover not only that they can bike or walk to places they want to go, but also the fun of ‘getting’ there!  Come Bike with us, Walk with us, and Play with us!"

To see what's happening, check out their Facebook page,, and RSVP to the event,

The event sponsors need your help to make this event a success!  Are you interested in helping with set-up or take-down? Manning the barricades at one of the key intersections on JPA? Helping kids decorate their bikes? Or volunteering at the one mile fun run?

If the answer is YES, please sign up on the sign-up sheet located at

Volunteers can enjoy free coffee and bagels before the event begins on Saturday.

If you have any questions about the event or volunteering, please contact Hillary Bracken (  

Finally, there is another public hearing coming up, this one with regards to establishing an honorary national historic preservation district in our neighborhood. On Monday, August 18, at 6 PM, in the Fellowship Hall of Cherry Avenue Christian Church. Officials from Richmond, as well as Mary Joy Scala, a City Preservation and Design Planner (and Fry's Spring resident!) will be available to field your questions.

A map of the proposed district is on our web site,

I'd say "that's all we have going on in August!" but then I would be leaving out the improvements that are being made to Azalea Park and Old Lynchburg Road. Not only that, but your Board and members daily advocate for safe walks to school, good public transportation, and so much more.

Hoping you can attend as many events in August as you can, and thanking all of you for making Fry's Spring such a dynamic and beautiful place to live,

Jeff Greer
FSNA President

Monday, August 4, 2014

Old Lynchburg Road Safety, Sidewalks, Drainage Update

From Tony Edwards:

Good morning everyone,
Here is the Old Lynchburg Road Sidewalk Safety and Drainage Project update for 8/4/14.
The drainage structure adjustments have been made and recent rains indicate that they are taking in the storm water. S. L. Williamson has completed the mill and overlay of the asphalt surface near Middleton Lane. Four new dogwood trees have been installed within right of way at the southeast corner of Middleton Lane and OLR. The removal of the double yellow center line in front of 301 Middleton Lane has been performed and the  center line restriping in two other areas was completed. The city will be incorporating planting list for 301 Middleton with reseeding work at the city lot behind the Beach Club.
Thank to all for your assistance with these improvements.