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JAUNT Inc. is a regional transportation system providing service to the citizens of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson, and Buckingham counties. JAUNT runs a sixty-four vehicle fleet that carries the general public, agency clients, senior citizens and people with disabilities throughout Central Virginia.

JAUNT was organized in 1975 under the name Jefferson Area United Transportation. It has served 8 million passengers. [1]

JAUNT is owned by the local governments it serves and uses federal, state and local funding to supplement fares and agency payments. In 2010, it began providing rides from Culpeper to Charlottesville in collaboration with the Foothills Area Mobility system[2].

Hollymead Transit Route

JAUNT launched a commuter route from Hollymead Town Center to the University of Virginia and Downtown Transit Center in 2016 called the Route 29 Express. The agency funded te service in part through a proffer for a section of the center known as A-1. However, developer Wendell Wood is asking that the proffer be amended. [3]

The service launched on May 2, 2016. [4]

Park Connect

JAUNT partnered with the UVA Foundation in the summer of 2018 to plan for a free commuter route connecting Central Grounds with the UVA Research Park. [5]

Crozet services

JAUNT Connect bus crossing the Downtown Mall in 2019

Service between Crozet and Charlottesville began on August 5, 2019. [6]

Fluvanna exit

Fluvanna County experienced significant budget shortfalls for the 2013 fiscal year, resulting in complete cuts to funding for JAUNT and end of service in Fluvanna July 1 2012. In 2011 JAUNT provided about 21,000 trips to Fluvanna residents and operated an afterschool activity shuttle bus service for county schools.[7]

Salary increase?

In the budget process for FY2019, JAUNT sought to increase the salary of its bus drivers from the current median wage of $14.89 an hour to $16.43 an hour. Albemarle's proposed budget for FY2019 includes an additional $142,000 for this purpose, but a $105,000 request from Charlottesville was not included in their proposed FY2019 budget. [8]


JAUNT is working with Perrone Robotics on an autonomous shuttle that will serve the Crozet area. The project is called TONY, short for To Navigate You. [9]


Former Staff

  • Ike Eichling, Executive Director c. 1975


  1. Web. Nelson resident honored as JAUNT's 8 millionth trip passenger, Staff Reports, Lynchburg News and Advance, retrieved November 5, 2014.
  2. Web. New service buses patients to Charlottesville, Rhonda Simons, Culpeper Star-Exponent, November 9, 2010, retrieved November 9, 2010.
  3. Web. Hollymead developer seeks changes to transit proffer, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 23, 2016, retrieved April 25, 2016.
  4. Web. Albemarle County Announces 29 Express Route Starting May 2, Press Release, Albemarle County, April 28, 2016, retrieved January 2, 2017.
  5. Web. FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE LAUNCHING AUGUST 2018, Press Release, UVA Foundation, retrieved September 9, 2018.
  6. Web. Input sought on Crozet-Charlottesville bus, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, April 15, 2019, retrieved April 19, 2019.
  7. Web. JAUNT to end bus service in Fluvanna, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, May 9 2012
  8. Web. JAUNT fighting for wage increases as city withholds funding, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, March 4, 2018, retrieved March 5, 2018.
  9. Web. TONY Spotted Downtown, Theresa Curry, News Article, Crozet Gazette, April 5, 2019, retrieved April 13, 2019.

External Links

official site