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Public Input Sought For Brattleboro Bus Schedule Re-design

BRATTLEBORO: The Current, which operates the Brattleboro bus system, is seeking public input on its new proposed bus schedules.

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. From June-August, 2017, the Current conducted extensive public outreach for to increase both ridership and service quality.

The Current was awarded a planning 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 public outreach and resulting draft route design.

This second round of public input is to solicit comment on the draft schedules. Similar to the first round of outreach, surveys will be solicited from riders, non-riders, and businesses. Staff will also meet with Town Manager Peter Elwell and the Brattleboro Select Board.

The second round of surveys will run from July 5-August 3. VTrans and the SEVT Board of Directors will approve final changes based on the second round of public input, and will start designing the new route schedule brochure. It will be mailed to everyone in Brattleboro and West Brattleboro, and will give riders a three-week notice before it goes into effect hopefully around October 8th.

“The new schedule features many improvements and efficiencies based on the first round of input. We hope that it will improve our riders’ ability to reach their jobs, shopping, and medical appointments” said Rebecca Gagnon, Current General Manager. “What we have tried to design is to simplify the schedule, minimize transfers, reduce duplication, fill in gaps, and make the system more user friendly.” Gagnon also said that fares will remain at $1 per ride.

There are two public surveys being conducted in this second round of outreach – one for riders and one for non-riders. Riders may pick up their survey on the bus or complete it online 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.

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

Celebrate Dump the Pump Day with a Free Ride

SEVT, Inc. joins transit systems nationwide in celebration of the thirteenth annual Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. The Current will offer FARE-FREE rides for all passengers who ride the bus on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

Sponsored by the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride the bus instead of driving a car. Most toxic air pollutants in Vermont, according to the Department of Health, come from motorized vehicles. Traveling by public transportation, versus single-occupant cars can significantly reduce pollution. APTA data indicates that riding public transit is more beneficial to the environment than the combined benefits of using energy-efficient lightbulbs, adjusting thermostats, weatherizing one’s home and replacing a refrigerator.

Public transportation providers like The Current, The MOOver and Advance Transit improve the economic health of their communities by getting people to and from work while powering community growth and revitalization.

“With gas prices hovering near $3 and summer road construction putting wear and tear on cars, it’s a great time to try transit,” said General Manager, Rebecca Gagnon. “Dumping the (gas) Pump and riding transit puts money back in people’s pockets.  Riders have told us that our buses make it possible for them to reduce the number of cars in their households, saving them several thousand dollars each year.”

SEVT, Inc. provides community transportation services that are safe, reliable, accessible and affordable for everyone. For more information, please contact The Current at 802-460-7433 or on the web at www.thecurrent.org.

July 4th Bus Service

There will be no bus service on Independence Day, July 4, 2018.

Bus service will resume on Thursday July 5, 2018

The Current wishes everyone a safe and happy Independence Day

 

The Current’s schedule changes prove very effective

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.

 

Rescheduled SEVT Board meeting

The Board meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 25th at 5:30 pm in Brattleboro. The meeting will be held in the Hanna Cosman room, 2nd floor at the Municipal Center

SEVT Board Meeting Warning

The April SEVT Board meeting will be held on April 16th at 5:30 pm at the Brattleboro Municipal Center.

Meeting Warning

Southeast Vermont Transit, Inc. Board of Directors will hold its regular meeting at 5:00pm on Wednesday March 14th at the 45 Mill St. Wilmington, and 706 Rockingham Rd. Rockingham Vermont locations.

New Bus Schedule Effective February 5, 2018

Effective FEBRUARY 5, 2018, these are the NEW bus schedules for The Current. If your route is not listed here, it is because it has not changed.

Find your route below and click to view the NEW schedule.

The Routes

Route # Name / Description Download PDF
1 - Springfield In-Town
Springfield In-Town Fare Free
1 - Springfield In-Town
2 - Bellows Falls In-Town
Bellows Falls In-Town Fare Free
2 - Bellows Falls In-Town
53 - Bellows Falls/Brattleboro Commuter
Bellows Falls / Brattleboro Commuter– Travels between Exit 6 Park & Ride and Brattleboro Transit Center $1.00 Fare per trip
53 - Bellows Falls / Brattleboro Commuter
55 - Bellows Falls/Springfield Shuttle
Bellows Falls / Springfield Shuttle Fare Free
55-Bellows Falls / Springfield Shuttle
57 - Rutland/Bellows Falls Connector
Bellows Falls to Rutland Connector – Travels between Waypoint Center, Bellows Falls and Okemo, Ludlow. Transfer at Okemo to Marble Valley Regional Transit for Rutland destinations Fare Free
57 - Bellows Falls / Rutland Connector
73 - Dartmouth College Express
Dartmouth College Express – Travels between Exit 6 Park & Ride and Dimatix (Etna Road), Lebanon $2.00 Fare per trip
73 - Dartmouth College Express
74 - VA Exprress
VA Express – Travels between Exit 6 Park & Ride and VT Transit, White River Junction $2.00 Fare per trip
74 - VA Express

These schedules go into effect February 5, 2018. Please click here for the current schedules.