Tri-Valley Transit (TVT) is the public transportation provider for Addison, Orange and Northern Windsor Counties of Vermont. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our funding is on average an 80/20 mix of public (state and federal grants) and private money. TVT relies upon the generous support of individuals, businesses, towns and philanthropic organizations to supplement the public grants, as well as to provide the local match required to draw down these grants. Every $1 donated to TVT unlocks $4 of government grants for rides or $9 for capital needs such as replacing aged buses.
In 2017, the public transportation systems in Addison, Orange and Northern Windsor counties merged to form Tri-Valley Transit. After continuing to do business as ACTR and Stagecoach until just recently, the system is now transitioning fully to Tri-Valley Transit (TVT). With regional offices remaining in Middlebury and Randolph, this change in the company’s image reflects the unification that better meets the transportation needs for people in 50 towns across a 2,400 square mile stretch of central Vermont.
Tri-Valley Transit’s mission is to enhance the economic, social and environmental health of the communities we serve by providing public transportation services for everyone that are safe, reliable, accessible and affordable.
Economic – With the average annual cost of owning/operating a car in Vermont rising above $7,500, greater pressure has been placed on commuter budgets to ensure access to transportation. According to HUD, in our region, the average cost of owning and operating a vehicle is more expensive than average housing costs.
Social – With 25% of our population at risk of being transit-dependent and the rural nature of our state, the potential for being stuck at home without access to medical and nutrition support increases. Transit-dependent members of our community are prone to rural isolation which has significant impact on their well-being.
Environmental/Health – Most of the travel in our region is done in single-occupant cars. Riding the bus helps our region produce less greenhouse gases, improves water quality. Riders who regularly walk a short distance to access a stop also enjoy improved health while still enjoying access to jobs, goods and services.
Tri-Valley Transit operates two parallel and complementary transportation systems in Addison, Orange and northern Windsor Counties. The public Shuttle Bus System sustainably connects passengers to employment and shopping centers. The Dial-a-Ride System provides vulnerable residents, such as seniors and people with disabilities who can’t access the buses, access to comprehensive transportation alternatives.