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JAUNT founded 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 15 vans, including the first lift-equipped vehicle, and JAUNT was operating as a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

Over decades, JAUNT grew tremendously. In addition to establishing intracounty routes throughout five counties and 2,600 square miles, JAUNT has added additional services, such as commuter routes, Guaranteed Ride Home, and night and weekend service for people with disabilities in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

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 85 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.

Timeline 1975-Present

1975

Jefferson Area United Transportation is established as transport service for human services agencies.

1976

rose hill office

Office opens at 1111 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville.

1977

westminster office

Offices move to Westminster Presbyterian Church.

1978

JAUNT establishes 15 routes in Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Nelson Counties.

1982

We're recognized as model rural coordinated system by three university and national associations.

1983

jaunt blue slant logo

JAUNT, Inc. (no longer an acronym) is formed as a publicly held corporation owned by local governments. We get our first two computers (one for accounting and operations, the other for the RideShare program). We also hire our first mechanic, who works under a tree for the next seven years, until we acquire a repair facility. With a roof.

1987

Louisa County becomes a stockholder and begins JAUNT bus service.

1989

JAUNT obtains its own radio frequency for bus-to-base communications.

1990

dispatch computer

The Urban Mass Transit Administration and U.S. Dept. of Transportation present awards to JAUNT. We install computer-aided dispatching.

1993

new building

JAUNT moves into new building at 104 Keystone Place, designed specifically for transit operations and purchased with federal funding.

1994

bob thompson

The Community Transit Association of America presents JAUNT with the National Community Transportation System of the Year Award. JAUNT driver Bob Thompson wins the Virginia Paratransit Driver Roadeo and places second in the national meet by precisely slaloming an unwieldy bus around itty bitty traffic cones. Another JAUNT driver, Chris Wimmers, wins the national title. Unfortunately, their fame is soon eclipsed by Al Unser, Jr., who makes just one long left turn in an aerodynamic, mechanical wonder and wins the Indianapolis 500.

1995

JAUNT enacts major expansion of Louisa County service.

1999

JAUNT starts popular Fluvanna service two days per week. We also win the Outstanding Public Transportation System Award for Non-Urbanized Areas from the Virginia Transportation Association. Plus, JAUNT takes first place in the state paratransit roadeo and third in the national competition in New Orleans. Unser's rating plummets to 21st in national ranking.

2000

JAUNT celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2001

We begin midday services in Fluvanna and Nelson Counties. Annual ridership is at 282,125 trips.

2005

New facility addition is completed.

2006

JAUNT begins Buckingham runs to Charlottesville.

2007

jaunt friends logo

JAUNT Friends is established, providing fare scholarships.

2008

2008 logo

JAUNT recognizes its six millionth passenger (wouldn't it be funny if it was Unser?) and rebrands with new logo.

2009

We reach goal of 300,000 annual trips.

2016

40th anniversary group photo

JAUNT celebrates 40 years of service. We launch the 29express, shuttling commuters and students from Forest Lakes and Hollymead to UVA.

2017

JAUNT employs 118 employees (including three mechanics in a four-bay repair maintenance facility), manages and maintains 85 vehicles, and covers a service area of over 2,600 square miles.

2018

We launch three buses with unique wraps: two with Louisa High School colors and mascot for service exclusive to that county; our first-ever TomTom City Art Bus with contest-winning "Outerspace" design for Charlottesville and Mars exploration. NASA says we have to provide our own space helmet.

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