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Architectural Structure


by Ian McBurney B.S. Arch '25

As a First-Year, transportation may seem like a big limiting factor in getting around On and Off-Grounds. While many students opt to walk everywhere, there are other free or inexpensive options to quickly get to where you need to go. 

The University Transit Service has several lines that run on weekdays from 7:30 am to 10 pm and on weekends from noon to 10 pm. The buses are free for all UVA students, and all you need to do to is wait at the designated bus stops, marked with signs.
One tool that is really useful for navigating the bus system is a free app called TransLoc, available on the App store and Google Play Store. TransLoc displays all the bus lines with real-time tracking so you know when a bus will arrive. It also has a search feature that can help you find a stop closest to where you want to go. 

The Green Line connects students from all three First-Year dorms (Gooch-Dillard, New Dorms, and Old Dorms) to Central Grounds, Arts Grounds (the A-School!), and all the way the Dairy Market. 

Green Line

The Orange Line is similar to the Green Line, though it continues to the Corner and JPA.

Orange Line

The Gold Line is useful for getting further from Central Grounds, connecting First-Year Dorms all the way to John Paul Jones (JPJ) Arena, North Grounds, and Barracks Road Shopping Center.

Gold Line

Veo Scooters and E-Bikes

Veo Scooters and E-Bikes are a service provided by a third party (Veo), not UVA. Scooters and E-Bikes are a quick, relatively cheap way to get around On and Off-Grounds. To have access to this transportation, you can download the free Veo app. The app displays the location and charge of all scooters and bikes in the area. 

Payment and Rates

This service is cheap but not free, however, so you need to add funds to the app via Apple Pay, credit card, or debit card before you can start riding. The standard rate for both scooters and e-bikes is one dollar to unlock it and then 29 cents/min while riding.

How to Use

Once you get to the scooter or bike you want to use, simply hit the scan option on the app and scan the QR code in the middle of the handlebar. After you have reached your destination, you can park your scooter by the nearest bike rack, or by the nearest curb on a solid surface. Don’t forget to end the ride on the app, too, or else you will keep getting charged!


  Veos are useful if you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for a bus, and they can be used at any hour of the day. Be sure to ride on the street, not the sidewalk, and follow all the rules of the road, including but not limited to stopping at red lights and yielding to pedestrians.

UTS OnDemand & UTS Night Pilot

            Late night at the A-School? No worries, UTS OnDemand and Night Pilot have got you covered. Both services are free and available through the TransLoc app. Night Pilot runs from 10 pm to 2 am and is essentially a nighttime bus. It runs in a loop from University Ave, down JPA, through First-Year Dorms, and back through Central Grounds to Alderman Library. The closest stops to the A-School are Madison Hall and Alderman Library, both around a 5-minute walk. 

           UTS OnDemand, also called SafeRide, is an on-demand pickup and dropoff service for UVA students, running from 10 pm until 5 am. To request a ride, simply click on the OnDemand tab on the TransLoc app and choose your pickup and dropoff locations. The closest pickup location from the A-School is the Culbreth Road Garage just down the hill. Be at your pickup location for the van as if it were a bus stop because the drivers will only wait 3 minutes after arriving!

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