ROCKINGHAM: The Current’s schedule changes on six of its 16 routes that became effective February 5th have proven very successful.
For the period February 5-April 27, the routes with new schedules are the Bellows Falls In-town route (up 136% over last year), the Springfield In-town route (up 18%), the Bellows Falls-Springfield route (31%), the Bellows Falls-Ludlow route (up 14%), the Bellows Falls-Brattleboro route (up 34%), and the Bellows Falls to Hanover route (down 8%). All but the Hanover route are fare free.
During that period ridership was 11,252 versus 8,971 for the same period last year, an increase of 2,281 riders or 25%.
The Current conducted over a year of studies and planning in partnership with the Southern Windsor Planning Commission and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). Several well-attended public meetings were held. “The Current received an unexpectedly-large amount of public input” said Rebecca Gagnon, General Manager. “We incorporated as much of that input as we could in re-designing the routes. We are pleased with the first three months of performance, and we hope to increase to the Hanover ridership over time.”
The Current made these changes with no additional funding. “We re-shuffled hours among these routes to take advantage of opportunities and to trim unproductive miles.”
A new brochure was printed and mailed to all addresses in Springfield and Rockingham. The brochures were also be distributed to business, chambers of commerce, and onboard the buses. The Current’s website was being updated with new information and the new schedules as well. The schedule is available on The Current’s website, www.crtransit.org .
For more information contact Rebecca Gagnon at (802) 460-7433, ext. 201.