Reciprocal Ridership with Charlottesville Area Transit

University of Virginia students, faculty and staff can ride the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) for free with a valid U.Va ID. This program, funded by the University of Virginia, makes it easier for the U.Va community to get around Charlottesville and reduce traffic and pollution by not using their own vehicles.


    How to Ride CAT For Free:

  • Check out the Charlottesville Area Transit website to find the route that best serves your need, and even use their Bus Tracking system to get bus arrival predictions.
  • Hop on down to the bus stop and polish up your U.Va Id to show the driver when they arrive
  • Sit back and enjoy the ride!
  • All CAT buses have bike racks.

It's that simple! This convenient option allows you to ride any CAT route free of charge (does not include the CAT Football Shuttle). Need a U.Va ID? Visit the University ID Office.

Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)
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CAT Routes Serving Areas Near Grounds

Route 4 (Formerly 4A and 4B)

Access to the U.Va Hospital has been made easier and more direct with CAT's new route that began on August 22, 2009. Route 4 connects Baily Road, Prospect Village, Forest Hills Park, Fry's Spring, and Johnson Village to the U.Va Hospital.

Route 4 Transfer Points

    U.Va Health System (Jefferson Park Avenue)
  • Riders from the Jefferson Park Avenue area can exit the bus at the sheltered bus stop near Jordan Hall (GPS #10673) on Jefferson Park Avenue and transfer to the Outer U-Loop from the nearby Jefferson Park Avenue at Jordan Hall stop. The Outer U-Loop provides service to the Madison Ave/Preston Ave, Central Grounds, and Scott Stadium. Riders can also transfer to UTS's Green Route, Inner U-Loop, Stadium/Hospital Shuttle, and the CAT Free Trolley from the Jefferson Park Avenue at U.Va Hospital bus shelter across the street..

Refer to Route 22 for night service.

Link to Route 4 Map

Route 6

Route 6 provides service to and from the U.Va Hospital making it a convenient choice for Health System students, faculty, and staff to get around Charlottesville for free. Route 6 provides service from the U.Va Hospital (from Lee Street) to the Downtown Mall along the following roadways: Lee Street, Jefferson Park Avenue, West Main Street, Roosevelt Brown Boulevard, Cherry Avenue, Ridge Street, Monticello Avenue, Avon Street, Water Street, 1st Street, Lankford Avenue, and 5th Street.

Refer to Route 22 for night service.

Link to Route 6 Map

Route 7

Route 7 serves several stops in the U.Va area on Emmet Street and on Jefferson Park Avenue at the Health System (outside of Jordan Hall). Route 7 provides service between the Downtown Mall, the Barracks Road Shopping Center, and the Fashion Square Mall using the following roadways: Ridge/McIntire, Market Street, 10th Street, Water Street, West Main Street, Jefferson Park Avenue, Emmet Street (Route 29), Arlington Boulevard, Seminole Trail (Route 29), and Hillsdale Drive.

Route 7 Transfer Points

    McDonald's at the Barracks Road Shopping Center (GPS #13157):
  • Riders can transfer to Route 5 for service to the U.Va Parking and Transportation Office, Rio Hill Shopping Center, and Walmart. Route 5 provides service along the following roadways: Arlington Boulevard, Millmont Street, Barracks Road, Georgetown Road, Hydraulic Road, Commonweath Drive, Four Seasons Drive, Rio Road, Berkmar Drive, Seminole Trail (Route 29), and Woodbrook Drive.
  • Riders may also transfer to UTS's Northline from the stop outside of McDonald's on Arlington Boulevard (GPS #12204) for service to North Grounds (Darden and the Law School), U-Hall, Central Grounds, and the Hereford Residences.
    CVS at the Barracks Road Shopping Center (GPS #16680)
  • Riders can transfer to Route 8 at the bus stop located across from the CVS in the Barracks Road Shopping Center. Route 8 provides service to the Seminole Square Shopping Center, Best Buy and World Market, the Barracks Road Shopping Center, areas along Preston Avenue, and the Downtown Mall. Route 8 travels along the following roadways: Seminole Trail (Route 29), Angus Road, Emmet Street (Route 29), Barracks Road, Preston Avenue, Market Street, 10th Street, Water Street, and Ridge/McIntire.
    K-Mart at the corner of Hydraulic Road/Seminole Trail (GPS #16406)
  • Riders can transfer to Route 8 at the stop located in front of K-Mart for service to the Seminole Square Shopping Center, Best Buy and World Market, the Barracks Road Shopping Center, areas along Preston Avenue, and the Downtown Mall. Route 8 travels along the following roadways: Seminole Trail (Route 29), Angus Road, Emmet Street (Route 29), Barracks Road, Preston Avenue, Market Street, 10th Street, Water Street, and Ridge/McIntire.
Link to Route 7 Map

Free Trolley

The Free Trolley serves various stops in the Downtown area as well as in areas of the U.Va Grounds. Riders can easily use the Free Trolley to get to the Downtown Mall or the Amtrak Station on West Main Street. The Free Trolley serves several UTS/CAT shared bus stops including Cabell Hall, Gilmer Hall, Garrett Hall, and the U.Va Chapel.

Link to Free Trolley Route Map

Additional Locations Available on CAT

In addition to the routes mentioned above, U.Va riders also have the opportunity to ride CAT for free to other popular destinations such as Pantops (via Route 10) and Piedmont Virginia Community College (via Route 1B). Virtually all CAT routes travel through the CAT station on the Downtown Mall, serving as a transfer point to get riders to virtually all areas of Charlottesville.