Transportation around campus and in the community is the responsibility of an individual. Blacksburg Transit provides regular bus service on campus and in the community. BT ACCESS, Blacksburg Transit’s paratransit service, provides door-to-door transportation services for individuals with disabilities. This includes services for students who use wheelchairs, but also includes services for students who may have visual impairments or other disabilities that make travel difficult. Students with temporary illness and injuries may also use the BT ACCESS. BT ACCESS runs any time and in any service area that the regular BT busses do, but is not limited to bus stops. You must be eligible and apply to BT ACCESS to use the service.
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) does not provide wheelchair assistance, golf carts, attendants, or other types of assistance with travel.
Incoming students with mobility and transportation needs, or who need assistance learning accessible routes and navigating buildings, are encourage to contact SSD and a SSD coordinator will assist them, even visiting sites with them.
University or Student-Group Activities
Any university or student-group sponsored activity that requires travel should provide accessible transportation or ensure that accessible transportation for students with disabilities is provided, at no additional cost to the individual. Virginia Tech’s Fleet Services has information on accessible vehicles for rent. For additional resources, Accessible Journeys has tips and resources for accessible traveling.
Local Mobility Device Rental Agencies
Virginia Tech does not provide personal devices and equipment. For students who would like to rent wheelchairs, scooters, or other mobility devices, there are several local agencies who provide rental services.
New River Valley Rent-All
1530 West Main St., Radford, Va.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. | Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Medi Home Health
3607 South Main St., Blacksburg, Va.
Phone: 540-951-1619 | Toll free: 888-317-6334
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(Wheelchairs must be picked up by Friday)
Advanced Home Health
48 West Main Street, Christiansburg, Va.
Handicap parking is available at multiple locations on campus. Students with disabilities who drive must have an on-campus parking permit and a DMV handicap parking permit displayed at all times when using handicap parking passes. Gated lots require a code. Students who have a DMV handicap parking permit, but who do not have an on-campus parking permit, are subject to ticketing.
Students who need temporary parking access due to short-term needs and who do not have a DMV parking pass, may be eligible for faculty parking through Virginia Tech Parking Services.
Please note that accessible parking for Virginia Tech events such as Commencement and football games, may be different than normal parking regulations. Please check event websites and other information for particulars about a certain event.