There are many ways to get around the Grounds and Charlottesville. Students can walk, bike, and ride University Transit and Charlottesville Transit. The Department of Parking & Transportation (P&T) is a good resource for exploring transportation in the area, whether it be on foot, bike, or a bus.
P&T also manages parking regulations, including rules governing parking bikes, mopeds, and scooters. Visit the website to find maps, schedules, services, announcements, after-hours transportation options, parking information, and much more.
Department of Parking & Transportation
1101 Millmont Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434.924.7231 (parking inquiries)
434.924.7711 (transit inquiries)
Walking is a great way of getting around Grounds, particularly during the day. Resources for walkers include the lighted pathway map and emergency phones in highly trafficked pedestrian corridors.
The University and the city of Charlottesville have a vibrant biking community. Information about biking can be found on the P&T SMART Transportation map, including the location of striped and shared bike lanes, bike racks, dismount zones, bike fix-it stations, interaction with Transit, and more. Both UVA and city buses are equipped with bike racks to extend the range of bikers. Bike safety classes, taught by instructors certified by the League of American Bicyclists, are announced on the P&T website throughout the year.
Bike Share with UBike
UVA’s bike sharing program, UBike, offers access to bikes through a membership subscription. UBikes are spread throughout Grounds in conveniently located UBike hubs. Members can unlock a bike from one hub and lock the bike to another, yielding a quick and easy way to get around Grounds. A variety of membership plans are available, including a popular Pay As You Go plan.
University Transit Service (UTS)
UTS provides frequent transit service throughout Grounds and in the immediate surrounding area, including on- and off-Grounds student housing areas, commuter and storage parking areas, and the Barracks Road Shopping Center. During the school year, service runs:
- Monday-Wednesday 6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
- Thursday and Friday from 6 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
- Saturdays from noon to 2:30 a.m.
- Sundays from noon to 12:30 a.m.
During student holiday periods (Fall, Spring, Winter, and Summer breaks), weekday service is reduced, and weekend service is eliminated.
Specific service schedule information, including unexpected interruptions due to events, inclement weather, and other emergencies, can be obtained in a number of ways, including:
- Real Time UTS Tracking and Service Announcements
http://uva.transloc.com or download Transloc app
- P&T Online Service Calendar
- UTS Dispatcher at 434.924.7711
Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)
The city of Charlottesville operates Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT), a bus system that provides links to major shopping areas, downtown, and neighborhoods. CAT’s most popular route, the free Trolley Route, links UVA to the downtown area. A UVA ID can be scanned in lieu of paying the fare on all CAT routes.
eScooters are being piloted in Charlottesville and on Grounds through December 2019. UVA policy dictates use, but in short, users are required to:
- Be Safe: wear a helmet, ride solo, and understand the user agreements.
- Follow the Rules of the Road: operate on the streets and in bike lanes.
- Park Respectfully: park upright in an available space within designated hubs for UBikes or in designated moped/motorcycle parking areas. Sidewalks, stairways, driveways, ramps should not be blocked.
Car Sharing with Zipcar
Zipcar provides car-sharing services on Grounds. Through membership subscriptions, self-serve Zipcars, located in several pods around Grounds and in the city, are available 24/7. Reservations include gas, insurance, 180 miles, and roadside assistance.
Ride Sharing with Zimride
Free online ride matching is available on Grounds through software called Zimride. Through a UVA-specific secure log-in, Zimride is an easy way to share the seats in a car with UVA friends, classmates, and coworkers.
Bringing a Vehicle to Grounds (including moped/motorcycle)
Parking on Grounds, including moped/motorcycle parking, is managed through a variety of eligibility requirements and parking permits. Students may purchase parking permits based on their year in school, where they live, and whether the permit is for a moped/motorcycle. Annual permits are available for sale online in August. Semester and shorter term permits are available by visiting P&T during office hours. Permit parking can be affected by events on Grounds.
The University’s parking regulations are strictly enforced. Parking violations carry fines and late fees, and if uncollected for a period of time, may result in referral to Student Financial Services or a collection agency. Outstanding parking fines also may result in vehicles being towed or immobilized (booted), and can result in blocked registration and additional fees.
After Hours Parking and Transportation Options
P&T operates Safe Ride, an after-hours on-request van shuttle service. Safe Ride is intended to provide students with safe transportation home in lieu of walking alone after UTS has gone out of service. Safe Ride operates within a specific service area. The service can be requested via the TransLoc online or mobile app or by calling 434.242.1122.
For students parking on Grounds, many parking permit restrictions are lifted after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Signs at the entrance of each lot detail the restriction in place. Students should be careful to watch for special event-related parking restrictions, also posted at the lot entrance.
Services for Students with Mobility Impairments
P&T works with the Student Disability Access Center, a department within Student Health, to establish special parking and transportation accommodations for students with either temporary or permanent mobility impairments.
After 5 p.m. and on weekends, visitors are welcome to park in one of the many lots where the permit restriction is lifted after hours. Visitors should check signs at the entrance to determine if the lot is available. For those visiting during other times, hourly parking options are available, including traditional parking meters and “pay by license plate” pay stations. In addition to accepting coins at meters, and credit cards and cash at pay stations, app-based payment can be made at all hourly locations through the Parkmobile app. Locations and applicable payment hours:
- Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street. Hourly fees apply Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Culbreth Road Parking Garage located on the Arts Grounds. Hourly fees apply Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Emmet/Ivy Parking Garage located at the corner of Emmet Street and Ivy Road. Hourly fees apply Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Smaller meter or pay station locations are available at all fitness centers, O-Hill Dining Hall, McCormick Road, Scott Stadium, Law School, Darden School of Business, and a number of other spots.
Local Taxi/Limousine Services
Several limousine and taxi services operate in the Charlottesville area, including several companies that use hailing and vehicle tracking technology.
Intercity Bus, Train, and Air Transportation Services
Intercity bus providers include Megabus and Greyhound.
Passenger train services are provided by Amtrak from Charlottesville’s Union Station. Amtrak routes that directly serve Charlottesville include the Cardinal, the Crescent, and the Northeast Regional, each providing links to cities in the Northeast, South, and Midwest.
Air Transportation services are provided through Charlottesville Airport (CHO). Airlines serving Charlottesville Airport include American Airlines, Delta, and United, each providing links to large cities and airports, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Parking & Transportation
University Transit Service
Real Time UTS Tracking and Service Announcements
https://uva.transloc.com or download Transloc app
Safe Ride Scheduling and Tracking
https://parking.virginia.edu/saferide or download Transloc app
eScooter Share Program
Ridesharing with Zimride
After Hours Parking and Transportation
Parking & Transportation Service Schedule
Thriving without a Car