Brattleboro Bus Schedule Re-Design

          BRATTLEBORO:  The Current, which operates the Brattleboro bus system, is seeking public input in its effort to improve the town’s schedules and service level.

The existing schedules were implemented in late August 2012 by the Current’s predecessor, Connecticut River Transit (CRT). The Current, which is one of two divisions operated by Southeast Vermont Transit (SEVT), took over the system in 2016 and has made only minor changes to one of the routes. Now it wants to involve the public in re-designing the system to increase both ridership and service quality.

SEVT has been awarded a grant by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to work with consultant Stephen Falbel of Steadman Hill Consulting in Montpelier and the Windham Regional Commission to assist in the route design. The most important part of the process is a two-phase public input process before the system is adjusted late this year or early next.

There will be two rounds of public meetings, two rounds of surveys, and substantial, targeted outreach as part of the comprehensive public outreach plan. The first round includes a public meeting sometime in late August or September to gather information on what the public would like to see, what it likes and dislikes, and what recommendations they have. In addition, surveys and/or interviews will be done with employers, partners, committees, riders, bus drivers, and non-riders. SEVT will also meet with the Town of Brattleboro and will appear before the Select Board at its August 15th meeting. Following the first round of public input, a draft service plan will be designed and published for comment.

The second round of public input – consisting of a second public meeting and surveys – will present the draft plan and seek additional comments before making final changes and then implementing it.

The two public outreach rounds, plan drafting, and final changes are expected to reach into the fall, with implementation occurring after a four-week advance notice/marketing phase of the new schedules sometime late this year or early next.

“I want to assure our existing riders that the core schedules will remain, so that you will continue to reach your jobs, shopping, and medical appointments” said Randy Schoonmaker, SEVT CEO. “What we are trying to accomplish is to simplify the schedule, minimize transfers, reduce duplication, fill in gaps, and make the system more user friendly.” Schoonmaker also said that fares will remain at $1 per ride.

There are two public surveys being conducted in the first round of outreach – one for riders and one for non-riders. Riders may pick up their survey on the bus or complete it online at www.crtransit.org or on the Current’s Facebook page.

The survey for those who do not currently ride the bus can be picked up at the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce, the Brattleboro Public Library, The Coop’s Shareholder Desk, and the Transportation Center. Non-riders can also fill out the survey online at www.crtransit.org and on the Current’s Facebook page.

All surveys must be completed by August 18, 2017.

The date for the first public meeting will be announced shortly.

For questions or comments call Rebecca Gagnon at 802-460-7433 ext. 201 or e-mail rgagnon@crtransit.org.

July 4th Bus Service

There will be no bus service on Independence Day, July 4, 2017.

Bus service will resume on Wednesday July 5, 2017

The Current wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day

Memorial Day Bus Service

There will be no bus service on Memorial Day, Monday May 29, 2017

Bus service will resume on Tuesday May 30, 2017

The Current wishes everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day

 

Meeting Warning

Southeast Vermont Transit, Inc. Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting at 5:00pm on Wednesday May 10th at the 45 Mill St. Wilmington, and 706 Rockingham Rd. Rockingham Vermont locations.

Meeting Warning

              Meeting Warning
Southeast Vermont Transit, Inc. Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting at 5:00pm on Monday April 3rd at the 45 Mill St. Wilmington, Vermont location.

The Current Drafts Route Improvement Plan

THE CURRENT DRAFTS ROUTE IMPROVEMENT PLAN

January 25, 2017

ROCKINGHAM – The Current continues work on a route improvement for many of its routes in Windham and Windsor Counties.

The plan’s goals are to improve the riders’ experience, increase ridership, attract new riders, and to support businesses and human service agencies throughout the region.

The plan is in response to a study done in 2016 by the Southern Windsor Regional Planning Commission which gathered extensive input from the public, towns, drivers, and human service agencies. Schedules are being reviewed based on the input, and already four routes’ fares have been eliminated.

The routes involved in the first phase of the plan are the #1 Springfield In-town, #2 Bellows Falls In-Town, #53 Bellows Falls-Brattleboro, #55 Bellows Falls-Springfield, #57 Bellows Falls-Rutland, #61 Bellows Falls to Okemo, and the 101 Route shopping trip from Chester to Claremont.

The #61 Route’s schedule was changed in November to accommodate Okemo’s employees and guests. Okemo has provided generous financial support for the route, and ridership is up substantially from a year ago. The 101 route changes are simply the fare elimination.

As potential route or schedule improvements are planned, they will be vetted in a multi-level public input and review process by riders, non-riders, towns, planning commission, the state, and The Current’s drivers and Board of Directors in the coming weeks. At least two public hearings will take place – one in Rockingham and one in Springfield.

“We are excited to finish the drafting stage and present this to the public in the coming weeks” said Rebecca Gagnon, Current General Manager. “These routes have not been analyzed in many years, and so many ridership factors have changed.”

Other routes will be looked at in the spring, but for now the focus is on the routes mentioned above.

“We thank our riders for their patience and support, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments on our draft plan”, Gagnon said.

Contact The Current at admin@crtransit.org or go online to www.crtransit.org