News

Upper Valley Community Transportation Center Coming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new Upper Valley Community Transportation Center will improve…
…our ability to meet need:

  • Keeping pace with growing Upper Valley ridership demands: 
    2014 = 23,000; 2019 = 25,000; 2024 (projected) = 30,000, even after the effects of COVID-19

  • Initially adding 1,500 more service hours to fulfill unmet need

  • Providing safe, comfortable passenger access

…our emergency response capacity: The COVID-19 crisis has hammered home the incredible importance of our front line work.  It has also made clear how critical the UVCTC will be to our ability to more safely and effectively deliver service under emergency conditions, such as a pandemic or mass evacuation.  Our Bradford-based staff have labored to implement safety protocols from a cramped facility that has made each step along the way at least twice as difficult to achieve, while being twice as anxiety-provoking:

  • Provide mandated physical distancing on buses

  • Implement screening techniques to ensure riders are no or low-contagion risks

  • Stock sanitation supplies and ensure all buses are sanitized every time they are driven

  • Outfit our staff with adequate supplies of critical Personal Protective Equipment, and

  • Train our drivers to secure wheelchairs while protected by masks, face-shields, protective gowns and gloves.

…on-time buses, even on cold, icy mornings:

  • Parking inside the facility will keep buses out of the weather so they can be service-ready sooner, so riders can reach their destinations on time. 

  • New storage capacity for 10 buses (2 buses in each bay) will meet current and projected needs.

…the air we all breathe & conservation of resources:

  • Using net zero solar energy, a high insulation envelope, rain/snow-fed bus wash & low-flow plumbing

  • Adding new spaces for administrative work, staff training and light vehicle maintenance

…stewardship:

  • Saving $15,000-20,000 annually by eliminating rent, utilities and time spent washing buses by hand 

  • Adding 6 months to each bus’s usable life (an annual capital savings of up to $20,000)

 

The new Upper Valley Community Transportation Center will be well sited…

 

  • Exit 16 off I-91 in Bradford.

  • Shares space with a VT Park & Ride.

  • Located to serve residents from
                     Wells River
                     Newbury
                     Bradford
                     Fairlee, &
                     Thetford

      with access to the VA Hospital in White River Junction, VT, as well as

      Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth College in NH.

 

 

TVT welcomes additional contributions for this community resource....

93% of the funding for this $3.6m project has now been committed. With just 7% left to complete the project funding, TVT welcomes additional contributions for this community resource.   Each local match $1 unlocks $9 from the project’s federal grants.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for considering helping! 

Checks can be made out to TVT or Stagecoach and sent to:

297 Creek Road   

Middlebury, VT 05753

 

For info about making an IRA distribution or gift of stock:
Gina Tindall, Finance Director  |  (802)388-2287  |   gina@trivalleytransit.org

Governor Scott Requires Face Coverings on Public Transit

 

May 6, 2020

Click here for a copy of Gov. Scott’s Addendum 12 to Executive Order 01-20 that includes:

Mask Use on Public Transit Conveyances or in Mass Transportation Facilities. The traveling and commuting public shall wear face coverings over their nose and mouth any time they are using public transportation conveyances, including busses, trains and ride services and when in a mass transportation station or terminal, including airports.

Tri-Valley Transit Response to Coronavirus Concerns


Updated 3/12/2020

Tri-Valley Transit is carefully monitoring local and national guidance regarding the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  The following guidelines have been provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

 

How you can stop the spread of germs in public places

 

  • Stay home if you are sick

  • Don’t touch your face in public 

  • Cough/sneeze into a tissue (or your elbow if no tissue available)

  • Throw tissues in the trash and sanitize hands as soon as possible

  • Wash hands with soap and water or use sanitizer when you reach your destination

 

What TVT is doing to help 

 

  • Emptying trash receptacles daily

  • Daily disinfection of bus handrails and seats with recommended strength bleach solution

  • Immediately isolating biological spills/messes for sanitizing

  • Making all routes FARE-FREE until further notice as a precaution


For more information about coronavirus, including local and national responses, please visit these websites:

 

Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Vermont Department of Health: https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/infectious-disease/2019-novel-coronavirus

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NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING

Tri-Valley Transit (TVT), dba ACTR and Stagecoach, gives notice that it is seeking funding through the State Revenue Subsidy Assistance, CMAQ and Federal Transit Administration 49 U.S.C. Sections § 5310, 5311 and 5311(b)(3), and 5339 Capital programs for State Fiscal Year 2020 public transportation projects.

 

These funds may be made available to a transit authority, transit district, municipal transit system, or a public non-profit transit system managing or operating general public transportation services through a competitive application process.

 

Projects are described as follows: TVT would administer State/Federal operating funds to provide general public deviated-fixed-route and commuter bus services within Addison, Orange and Northern Windsor Counties and connecting to major employment and medical centers in Burlington, Rutland and the Upper Valley, and to provide transportation services for elders and persons with disabilities living in Addison, Orange and Northern Windsor Counties.  TVT would also administer State/Federal capital funds to purchase public transportation buses, spare parts, office equipment, and other capital items.

 

FTA 49 U.S.C. Section 5310 funds – eligible projects include: capital replacement or expansion vehicles or operating funds for the purpose of transporting elders and persons with disabilities.  TVT is seeking up to $1,000,000 for these purposes combined across all three counties.

 

TVT is seeking FTA 49 U.S.C Section 5311 funds – eligible projects include capital (vehicle and non-rolling stock items), marketing, preventive maintenance, administrative, and operating assistance to operate general public transportation services, including persons who are elderly and/or with disabilities or low income, but specifically excludes such services as single-ride taxi, charter or exclusive school bus transportation.  TVT is seeking up to $2,000,000 for these purposes combined across all three counties.

 

FTA 49 U.S.C Section 5311(b)(3) (RTAP) funding may be made available to organizations to provide training, technical assistance or related services to meet the needs of rural public transportation operators and their subcontractors. TVT is seeking up to $20,000 for these purposes combined across all three counties.

 

FTA 49 U.S.C. Section 5339 funds – eligible projects include capital replacement or expansion vehicles, non-vehicle capital and facility projects to support the transportation and mobility of the general public.  TVT is seeking up to $500,000 if adequate 5311 funds are not available for capital projects.

 

FTA Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds – eligible projects include capital (vehicle and non-rolling stock items), marketing, preventive maintenance, administrative, and operating assistance to operate general public transportation services, including persons who are elderly and/or with disabilities or low income, but specifically excludes such services as single-ride taxi, charter or exclusive school bus transportation.  TVT is seeking up to $1,000,000 for these purposes combined across all three counties.

 

State Revenue Subsidy Assistance – TVT is seeking up to $800,000 to support 2020 eligible operating and capital public transportation projects.

 

Persons desiring a public hearing to be held should submit written requests to Tri-Valley Transit and to the Vermont Agency of Transportation at the addresses below within 15 days of publication of this notice.  Upon receipt of a request, a date will be scheduled and a notice of hearing will be published.  A copy of the proposal may be seen at the Project Manager’s Office.  Persons desiring to make written comments should forward same to the addresses below within 15 days of publication of this notice.

 

 

Program Manager:                               State Agency:

Jim Moulton                                        Amy Rast

Executive Director                               Public Transit Coordinator

Tri-Valley Transit                                 Vermont Agency of Transportation, Public Transit Section

297 Creek Road                                  1 National Life Drive

Middlebury, VT  05753                         Montpelier, VT  05633-5001

jim@trivalleytransit.org                        amy.rast@vermont.gov

 

Dated at Middlebury, County of Addison and State of Vermont this 22nd day of April 2019.

Jim Moulton, Project Manager

 
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America needs public transportation

November 26, 2018

In this video, Bernie Sanders highlights the transportation needs of rural Vermonters and how public transportation helps them live healthier, more vibrant lives.  He is an advocate for increased federal spending to support America’s public transportation systems.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNpxBkeBwbg

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Hoehl Family Foundation Invests $225,000 in Tri-Valley Transit

The Hoehl Family Foundation of Burlington has awarded a 3-year grant totaling $225,000 to Tri-Valley Transit (TVT), doing business as Addison County Transit Resources and Stagecoach Transportation.  The support will allow TVT to build out its volunteer driver services within the Dial-A-Ride program to meet the expanding need for cost-effective services.

 

The Hoehl Family Foundation was founded in 1993 by Robert and Cynthia Hoehl to support Vermont through grants to local nonprofits that help Vermont families and communities overcome issues and challenges. Today, the mission is to enhance the lives of Vermonters through the support of nonprofits that help meet Vermonters' basic human needs, education, religious beliefs and health.

ACTR, a division of Tri-Valley Transit, has received prior support from the Foundation.   In 2012 a gift of $75,000 helped build the Community Transportation Center and a second gift of $25,000 provided general support for the Dial-A-Ride program.

 

“We are honored by the Hoehl Family Foundation’s continued investment in community transportation,” said Jim Moulton, Executive Director of TVT. “This gift will increase our capacity to recruit and retain volunteer drivers who are the heart of the Dial-A-Ride program.” 

Dial-A-Rides are free door to door rides for vulnerable populations who cannot access the Shuttle Bus System.  TVT works with Volunteer Drivers to provide these rides and reimburses them for mileage.  TVT’s support of the program includes volunteer recruitment, background checks, Dispatch service, quality assurance checks, insurance verification, vehicle spot-checks, reimbursement administration, training/support and community outreach.

Neighbors who are aged 60+ or living with an ADA-eligible disability may use the free service up to 6 times each month.  It changes lives by providing access to medical care, meal sites and food shopping, necessary appointments and social enrichment.  Demographically, in 2000, 15% of the county’s population was age 60 or older. In 2010, that number had risen to 20% and, by 2020, it is projected to rise to 27%. As people age, they often become less able to drive and tend to need more medical services. They also often live on limited incomes, with fewer dollars available for owning and maintaining personal vehicles. 

 

Medicaid-eligible neighbors who have no access to a vehicle are eligible for free rides to medical appointments.  Medicaid-eligible neighbors, including foster families, who do have access to a car may qualify for hardship reimbursements through TVT. 

 

Area residents with good driving records and clean background checks are encouraged to apply to become Volunteer Drivers for the Dial-A-Ride Program.  As a Volunteer Driver you will connect friends, support independence and promote healthy living.  Mileage is reimbursed at the GSA rate of $0.545 per mile.  To learn more about TVT’s community transportation services and volunteer opportunities visit www.trivalleytransit.org or call 802-388-2287.

 

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NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING
TRI-VALLEY TRANSIT
dba ADDISON COUNTY TRANSIT RESOURCES (ACTR)
and STAGECOACH TRANSPORTATION SERVICES (Stagecoach)

 

Tri-Valley Transit, dba ACTR and Stagecoach, gives notice that it is seeking funding through the State Revenue Subsidy Assistance and Federal Transit Administration 49 U.S.C. Sections § 5310, 5311 and 5311(b)(3), and 5339 Capital programs for State Fiscal Year 2019 public transportation projects.

 

These funds may be made available to: a transit authority, transit district, municipal transit system, or a public non-profit transit system managing or operating general public transportation services through a competitive application process.

 

Projects are described as follows:  TVT would administer State/Federal operating funds to provide general public deviated-fixed-route and commuter bus services within Addison, Orange and Northern Windsor Counties and connecting to major employment and medical centers in Burlington, Rutland and the Upper Valley, and to provide transportation services for elders and persons with disabilities living in Addison, Orange and Northern Windsor Counties.  TVT would also administer State/Federal capital funds to purchase public transportation buses, spare parts, office equipment, and other capital items.

 

FTA 49 U.S.C. Section 5310 funds – eligible projects include: capital replacement or expansion vehicles or operating funds for the purpose of transporting elders and persons with disabilities.  TVT is seeking up to $1,000,000 for these purposes combined across all three counties.

 

TVT is seeking FTA 49 U.S.C Section 5311 funds – eligible projects include: capital (vehicle and non-rolling stock items), marketing, preventive maintenance, administrative, and operating assistance to operate general public transportation services, including persons who are elderly and/or with disabilities or low income, but specifically excludes such services as single-ride taxi, charter or exclusive school bus transportation.  TVT is seeking up to $3,000,000 for these purposes combined across all three counties.

 

FTA 49 U.S.C Section 5311(b)(3) (RTAP) funding may be made available to organizations to provide training, technical assistance or related services to meet the needs of rural public transportation operators and their subcontractors. TVT is seeking up to $20,000 for these purposes combined across all three counties.

 

FTA 49 U.S.C. Section 5339 funds – eligible projects include:  capital replacement or expansion vehicles, non-vehicle capital and facility projects to support the transportation and mobility of the general public.  TVT is seeking up to $1,000,000 if adequate 5311 funds are not available for capital projects.

State Revenue Subsidy Assistance – TVT is seeking up to $800,000 to support 2019 eligible operating and capital public transportation projects.

Persons desiring a public hearing to be held should submit written requests to Tri-Valley Transit and to the Vermont Agency of Transportation at the addresses below within 15 days of publication of this notice.  Upon receipt of a request, a date will be scheduled and a notice of hearing will be published.

 

A copy of the proposal may be seen at the Project Manager’s Office.  Persons desiring to make written comments should forward same to the addresses below within 15 days of publication of this notice.


Program Manager:                                State Agency:
Jim Moulton                                         Amy Rast
Executive Director                                Public Transit Coordinator
Tri-Valley Transit                                  Vermont Agency of Transportation Public Transit Section
297 Creek Road                                   1 National Life Drive
Middlebury, VT  05753                          Montpelier, VT  05633-5001
jim@trivalleytransit.org                         amy.rast@vermont.gov

 

Dated at Middlebury, County of Addison and State of Vermont this 23rd day of April 2018.
Jim Moulton, Project Manager

Call us:

802-388-2287

Find us: 

297 Creek Road, Middlebury, VT 05753

ACCESSIBILITY 

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

TVT operates its programs and services without regard to race, color and national origin as stipulated in Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you feel you have been discriminated against based on your race, color or national origin, you may file a complaint with the TVT Title VI Officer at (802)388-2287 for Addison County or at (802)728-3773 for Orange or Northern Windsor Counties.  You also have the right to file a complaint with the Vermont Agency of Transportation at (802)249-9291. For more information about your Title VI rights, please visit vtrans.vermont.gov/civil-rights/compliance/titlevi or call (802)249-9291.

 

Vermont State Public Accommodation Law

9V.S.A. 4502 (a) Public accommodations states an owner or operator of a place of public accommodation or an agent or employee of such owner or operator shall not, because of the race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity of any person, refuse, withhold from, or deny to that person any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of the place of public accommodation.

If you feel you have been discriminated against, you may file a complaint with Vermont Human Rights Commission by calling 800-416-2010 or by email at human.rights@vermont.gov

ADA Reasonable Modification Policy:

​In accordance with FTA 49 CFR, Parts 27 and 37, Tri-Valley Transit (TVT), doing business as ACTR and Stagecoach, is committed to ensuring a reliable, accessible experience for all customers.  All requests for reasonable modifications to TVT programs and services will be considered on an individual basis.  Please note that TVT may be unable to accommodate requests for reasonable modifications which would result in a fundamental alteration to the nature of TVT programs and services, or which would directly interfere with the health and safety of others.  In the event that a barrier to access exists, but the requested modification cannot be granted, TVT will, to the maximum extent possible, assist in determining an alternate reasonable modification to provide equivalent access to its programs and services.

For more information on TVT's reasonable modification and the procedures to file a request or complaint, contact TVT at (802)388-2287, TDD 711, info@actr-vt.org, or at our administrative office at 297 Creek Road, Middlebury, VT 05753.