Leaves & Transportation

Our Commandant's Department is responsible for coordinating with you regarding your travel plans for major leaves and arranging shuttle and private hire transportation for our major leaves and end of the school year departures.

Fork Union Military Academy provides transportation options for cadets traveling to and from certain airports, Amtrak, and Greyhound stations.

  • We provide shuttle transportation, typically by 15-passenger mini-buses, for our mandatory leaves (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and End of the Year Departure).
  • We also can provide private hire transportation to other specific locations for our mandatory leaves (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and End of the Year Departures).

Travel for cadets may require that you make arrangements for an escort to accompany your cadet if he is considered an "unaccompanied minor" based on the policies of your chosen transportation provider. Read more about our Unaccompanied Minors Escort Service below.

Shuttle Transportation

FUMA shuttle transportation will be available for mandatory leaves (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and End of the Year) to the following locations at the costs stated:

 

LocationOne-Way CostRound-Trip Cost
Richmond Greyhound Station$55$110
Richmond AMTRAK Station (Staples Mill Road)$55$110
Richmond Airport (RIC)$55$110
Dulles Airport (IAD)$80$160
Washington National Airport (DCA)$80$160
  • The Shuttle will leave FUMA at 1300 hours (1:00 PM) at the start of each major leave break.
  • The Shuttle will pick up students from Richmond bus or train stations and airport at approximately 1730 hours (5:30 PM) on the day their leave ends.
  • The Shuttle will pick up students from Washington DC airports (DCA and IAD) at approximately 1600 hours (4:00 PM) on the day their leave ends.
  • Transportation to the above locations on any other day or any different times will be considered private hire.
  • The shuttle will not take cadets to any other locations.
  • We do not provide shuttle transportation to the Charlottesville bus/train stations or airports, but you can arrange private hire transportation for those destinations.
  • We do not provide any cadets doing off-campus SAT/ACT testing transportation to test sites. We encourage cadets to participate in on-site testing.

Private Hire Transportation

Transportation to one of the below locations on a day or at a different time than our shuttle transportation provides is considered private hire transportation. Private hire transportation is available for any type of leave, including Mandatory Leave, Weekend Leave and Medical Leave. Please allow appropriate time for Fork Union to arrange a private hire.

LocationService FeeDriver FeeDistanceMileage CostTotal Trip Cost
Charlottesville Greyhound Station$25$5070$40.95$115.95
Charlottesville Amtrak Station$25$5070$40.95$115.95
Charlottesville Airport (CHO)$25$5089$52.07$127.07
Richmond Greyhound Station$25$50102$59.67$134.67
Richmond Amtrak Station (Staples Mill Road)$25$5098$57.33$132.33
Richmond Airport (RIC)$25$50120$70.20$145.20
Dulles Airport (IAD)$25$100228$133.38$258.38
Washington National Airport (DCA)$25$100246$143.91$268.91
Other Destinations$50$150TBD$0.585 per mileTBD
  • Any round trip over 300 miles will add an additional $25 service free and mileage charge of $0.70 per mile.
  • We do not provide any cadets doing off-campus SAT/ACT testing transportation to test sites. We encourage cadets to participate in on-site testing.

 

Unaccompanied Minors Escort Service

Cadets traveling without their parents by air, train, or bus may be considered "unaccompanied minors" depending on their age and may be required to have an adult escort accompany them. The airlines, Amtrak, and Greyhound each have their own policies as to the age at which they require a minor to be escorted by an adult.

If your cadet requires an escort:

Airlines

Children who are underage, according to the airlines’ regulations, must be escorted to the ticket counter and through security by an adult whose name is provided to the airline by the parent. Per FAA regulation, a designated adult is required to remain at the terminal until the child boards the plane and until the plane takes off from the runway. In addition to the above fees, the airline may charge its own "unaccompanied minor” fee. Please check with the different carriers, as their requirements and fees are not the same.

The parent of the child requiring “unaccompanied minor” services must provide the airline advance notice of the name and phone number of the person escorting the minor through the airport and to his flight prior to the purchase of their tickets.

The parent must also provide the airline the name and phone number of the individual who is meeting the child at the final destination. This information is needed when the parent contacts the airline to purchase the “unaccompanied minor” service.

Train/Bus

Amtrak and Greyhound also have additional requirements and/or fees. Please ensure you check with the carrier's requirements prior to purchasing a ticket. Please allow time at each location for the completion of required forms and payment of fees.

If you have any questions related to travel or unaccompanied minors, please email us at transportation@fuma.org.

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