Cvillepedia:Featured article/April 2012

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This month's featured article: Downtown Transit Center

Downtown Transit Center

The Downtown Transit Center is the central hub of the Charlottesville Transit Service bus system. It is located on the east end of the Downtown Mall, adjacent to the Charlottesville Pavilion and across from city hall. The building also serves as downtown's visitors' center, and was designed to include retail space and an art gallery.

The Downtown Transit Center was designed by Wallace Roberts & Todd.[1] Completed in 2008, It was the first municipal building in Virginia to receive a LEED-NC Gold status award for its environmentally-friendly design and construction. It features a double-insulated glass, southern yellow pine, 90 percent recycled copper sheets, and louvered windows. Geothermal wells along Water Street heat the building, and a special membrane on the roof reflects heat to keep the building cool in the summer.[2]


The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau rents space in the center for a visitors kiosk and administrative space. They pay the Charlottesville Transit Service an annual lease of $4,872 for the kiosk and $31,896 for office space.[3]


  1. Web. Charlottesville Transit Center,, retrieved 29 Jun 2009.
  2. Web. Jeffersonian Ideal: In Charlottesville, Wallace Roberts & Todd architects designs a transit hub that links the past with the future, Aric Chen, GreenSource Magazine, Nov 2008, retrieved 19 July 2013.
  3. City of Charlottesville. Office of the Attorney. Lease Agreements with CACVB - Transit Center. By Richard M. Harris. Vol. City Council. June 21, 2010 Consent Agenda. Web. 21 June 2010. <>.