The Starlight Express, our coolest and cheapest way to get to New York City, has secured a bus stop within walking distance of the DTM (or a short distance on the Free Trolley), atop the steps to the Amtrak station on the eastern end of the Drewary Brown Bridge. The location is a partnership with CAT, Charlottesville Area Transit, the controller of the bus stop, and will be one of Starlight’s two Charlottesville stops, the other one along India Road, located between Seminole Square Shopping Center and the nearby K-Mart Garden Center. A former location at the Ix complex will be discontinued.
The new location launches tomorrow, March 27.
“This puts the Starlight Express in walking distance for thousands of Charlottesville citizens and creates new connections to transit systems,” says General Manager Dan Goff, who bought the bus company in 2004 from founders Oliver Kuttner and David New, in a release. “This is a win for the traveler and a win for the environment.”
Unfamiliar with the Starlight Express? Here you go:
What: Connects Charlottesville and New York City via safe, modern, comfortable, and affordable motor coaches.
Price: One-way tickets cost $49-69; round-trip tickets cost $99-139 (prices depend on demand and advance purchase)
Two curbside locations in Charlottesville: • Eastbound side of West Main (the CAT stop at the Amtrak stairway) • India Road (between Hampton Inn and K-Mart Garden Center)
One curbside location in New York City: • First block of 9th Avenue (the cobblestoned street between Catch restaurant and Gansevort Meatpacking NYC hotel — one block east of High Line Park)
Schedule/connectivity: Six weekly departures provide New Yorkers with a weekend in Charlottesville and Charlottesvillians with a weekend in New York. The Starlight Express requires just a little over six hours to reach New York City with such comforts as large seats, onboard snacks, as well as electrical outlets and WiFi on most departures. The new centralized location on West Main Street facilitates footstep connections to both Amtrak and to Greyhound.