News

5/20/21

Public feedback sought for bus routes to Burlington and Vergennes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middlebury, Vermont…Public feedback is sought on proposed changes to the LINK Express route from Middlebury to Burlington and Addison County's in-county Tri-Town Vergennes Shuttle.  Proposed changes for both routes will take effect on July 1 and public feedback will be considered thru June 10th. Weekday commuter runs on the LINK would transition from GMT to TVT buses and service would originate in Middlebury.  Tri-Town Vergennes would gain new stops and better in-town circulation for Little City residents, all without affecting trip frequency or length.

 

TVT has worked with GMT and CATMA to make the LINK transition as smooth as possible for existing riders.  Most stop and departure times will remain the same except for morning southbound runs from Burlington.  Public feedback will inform if there is sustaining ridership demand to bring back the second morning and evening commuter runs that were suspended during the pandemic. 

 

Tri-Town Vergennes riders can familiarize themselves with new stop locations at Shaw’s, Dollar General, Armory Lane and Hillside Drive and preview new alternating flow into and out of downtown Vergennes via Green Street and Monkton Road.   

 

On June 10th TVT will host a virtual public meeting at 10:00am and then repeat the same content at 6:00pm for those who could not attend in the morning.  The meeting link will be posted to Tri-Valley Transit’s website www.trivalleytransit.org or directly accessed via https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/149986237  or by dialing in 408-650-3123, access code 149-986-237.  

Members of the public are also welcomed to provide feedback by June 10th via:

e-mail -          info@trivalleytransit.org, or

regular mail -  TVT, 297 Creek Road, Middlebury, VT 05753.

 

LINK riders also have the option of providing feedback via a brief (two-minute) survey -  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MiddLINK

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5/26/21

If you are a TVT Medicaid rider, please click here to take a brief survey from VT Public Transportation Association to help us improve our services!

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3/25/21

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC HEARING TRI-VALLEY TRANSIT INC.

 

Tri-Valley Transit Inc. gives notice that, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 5311 Non-Urbanized Transportation Program, Preventive Maintenance Program, Rural Technical Assistance Program and Marketing; Vermont State Operating Assistance Program, Capital Program and RTAP Program; 49 U.S.C. § 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program; 49 U.S.C. § 5304 Statewide Transportation Planning; 49 U.S.C. Section 5339 Bus and Bus Facilities, the opportunity is offered for a public hearing on a proposed Public Transit Program throughout the Counties of Addison, Orange and Northern Windsor.

Projects are described as follows:  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.

 

Persons desiring a hearing to be held should submit written requests to Tri-Valley Transit and to the Vermont Agency of Transportation at the addresses below within 14 days of publication of this notice.  Upon a 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 to the addresses below within 14 days of publication of this notice. 

 

Project Manager:                                 State Agency:

Jim Moulton                                   Tim Bradshaw

Executive Director                         Public Transit Program Coordinator

Tri-Valley Transit                           Vermont Agency of Transportation Public Transit Section

297 Creek Road                              219 North Main Street

Middlebury, VT  05753                 Barre, VT  05641

jim@trivalleytransit.org                timothy.bradshaw@vermont.gov

 

Dated at Middlebury, County of Addison and State of Vermont this 25th day of March,2021.

Jim Moulton, Project Manager

 

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TVT Breaks Ground on

Upper Valley Community Transportation Center

12/15/2020

Tri-Valley Transit held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony to symbolize the start of construction on the Upper Valley Community Transportation Center in Bradford, Vermont. The unique presentation, led by Executive Director, Jim Moulton, with Board Members Renny Perry and Paul Kendall, featured an appearance by VT Representative Peter Welch and pre-recorded congratulatory remarks from Agency of Transportation Secretary, Joe Flynn. Many thanks to those who were able to attend, and if you missed the live event you can click here for the slideshow slides or Zoom video.

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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