The Current To Change Route 57 Schedule

 

ROCKINGHAM: The Current will change its Route 57 Bellows Falls-Ludlow bus schedule effective November 6, 2017.

The new schedule will accomplish several goals. It will meet up with the Ludlow-Rutland bus which recently changed its schedule. It will eliminate the last trip to Ludlow in the evening which was seldom used. And it will start later in the morning (6:35 am versus the existing 5:00 am which generated very small ridership). The route’s stops will not change.

“We are making these changes as a result of several rider surveys, research done by the Southern Windsor Regional Planning Commission study, and a series of public meetings,” said Rebecca Gagnon, The Current’s General Manager. “The goals are to provide better service and increase ridership”.

The Current ceased charging a $2.00 fare earlier this year also in the interest of improving ridership which has been successful. A new brochure is planned, and schedules along the route will be updated as part of an effort to market the route.

The schedule is available on The Current’s website, www.crtransit.org .

For more information contact Rebecca Gagnon at (802) 460-7433, ext. 201.

Labor Day Bus Service

There will be no bus service on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017.

Bus service will resume on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

The Current wishes everyone a safe and happy Labor Day

 

Public Meeting Date Set For Brattleboro Bus System

BRATTLEBORO: The Current, which operates the Brattleboro bus system, will hold its first round of public meetings on Thursday, August 24th as part of its route improvement plan.

Two meetings, each held at the Brattleboro Municipal Center’s Select Board Meeting Room, are scheduled for 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Anyone needing a free ride to/from the meetings may call The Current to schedule it at 802-460-7433.

The meeting agenda is to solicit input from riders, non-riders, business owners, etc. on any changes to the bus service. Ideas will be taken into consideration for the first draft of the plan that will be completed in late September. A second public meeting will be scheduled to review the plan and seek additional comments.

The public meeting compliments surveys being done with employers, partners, committees, riders, bus drivers, and non-riders.

“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, and The Coop’s Shareholder Desk. Nonriders 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.

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


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