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JAUNT was started when several human service agencies realized that it would be much more efficient and cost-effective for them to have their clients share rides. After a successful year of providing routes for agency clients, JAUNT received its first federal grant to help them make the service affordable for the general public as well. Within a few short years, there was a fleet of fifteen vans, including the first lift-equipped vehicle, and JAUNT was operating as a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

Over the years, JAUNT has grown, and added additional programs, such as RideShare, commuter routes to Charlottesville and Wintergreen, intra-county routes in each rural county, and night and weekend service for people with disabilities in Charlottesville and Albemarle. In 1982, JAUNT became a public corporation owned by five local governments.

JAUNT is currently located in its own facility in southeastern Charlottesville, with a four-bay garage, a state-of-the-art computer scheduling system, and a fleet of seventy vehicles equipped with on-board computers.

JAUNT's award-winning system earned the Virginia Transit Association's Outstanding Public Transportation System Award for Non-Urbanized Areas and the National Community Transportation System of the Year award from the Community Transit Association of America. JAUNT's system of combining resources to serve as many people as possible has been a model for transit services across the country.
 
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Historical Timeline
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JAUNT History from 1975 to 2008
 
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