Downtown Transit Center Opens, Real-Time Bus Tracking and More!
October 14, 2016
On October 13 Green Mountain Transit (GMT) celebrated the opening of the Downtown Transit Center with community members and dignitaries, including Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, Governor Peter Shumlin, and Mayor Miro Weinberger. The new transit station features heated benches, an indoor ticket window and restrooms, real-time bus tracking and bright electronic monitors. Bus drivers will also have restroom facilities, a kitchen and a lounge. In addition, Burlington Telecom has partnered with GMT to provide free, gigabit-capable wifi to commuters and GMT employees using the new Downtown Transit Center. With the new RouteShout 2.0 app, you can plan your transit trip, set reminders, and receive notifications. To view RouteShout 2.0 on your computer or device, click here. Taking the bus has never been easier!
Way to Go! Challenge Underway!
September 28, 2016
The annual Way to Go! Challenge is happening September 26 – October 7. Sign up for free and be eligible to win great prizes — and battle carbon pollution! All you have to do is commit to bike, walk, carpool or ride the bus at least one day (but hopefully more) during the two-week challenge. Get moving, win prizes, and have fun!
Register by 9/30 to be entered in a drawing to win an Apple iPad Mini 2!
Signing up is free, it’s easy, and you could win an awesome prize like an iPad, a Nest Thermostat, or a pair of Darn Tough socks!
Thank you! Not only are you in the running to win a great prize, but your pledged participation has us on target to beat our carbon-saving goal of reducing 500,000 pounds of carbon pollution in Vermont.
Don’t forget! This Friday, 9/30 is Fare Free Friday. All routes…all day…for FREE! Includes Local Commuter and LINK Express routes.
Refer A Friend
For each friend that signs up with your referral link, we’ll enter your name in the drawing for a pair of Darn Tough socks one additional time. Find your referral link in your signup confirmation e-mail, or on your dashboard after logging in.
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Win Darn Tough Socks!
August 15, 2016
The Way to Go! team has 300 pairs of Darn Tough socks to give away so let’s sock it to carbon pollution! Darn Tough socks are guaranteed for life, so they’ll hold up to anything your commute throws at you.
Just sign-up for the Way to Go! Challenge. It’s free, takes only seconds, and you could be one of the lucky 300 to snag a pair of these battle-tested socks.
Already signed-up? You’re already eligible to win!
All you have to do is walk, run, bike, bus, carpool or telecommute as much as you can for two weeks (between September 26th and October 7th).
Travel Smarter, Starting Today!
June 27, 2016
Believe the hype – Travel Smarter is here! With the brains at Tally Ho Design, the CCRPC has launched Travel Smarter which allows people to map their commute (any trip, really), and then compare the various impacts (time, cost, calories) of four modes: bus, biking, walking, driving (promoting carsharing/carpooling).
We’re distributing posters, postcards, and stickers around Chittenden County, we’re running print ads, online ads, and bus ads, and of course we’re on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your stories and images of how you get around and the fun stuff you encounter along the way.
Beginning May 1 people can bring their bikes on Amtrak’s Vermonter, which runs between St. Albans, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., with service to other major cities including Philadelphia and New York City. This project is the first of its kind in the Northeast. As a pilot project there are limited spaces for bikes, and officials will later determine whether there is a need to add more space, as well as determine where along the route.
In the past bicyclists have been able to bring their bikes on the Vermonter, but they have had to do so as luggage, which required an extra step. Advocates wanted state transportation officials to seek more bike access to trains, with a goal of linking modes of transportation to facilitate travel, both for pleasure and commuting.
Reservations are required and passengers with bikes must have a special ticket, the Vermont Agency of Transportation said. An “add bike” option is available while booking on Amtrak.com or by calling 800-USA-RAIL, the agency added.
With incredible local support from:
Speeder & Earls on PINE
Peace & Justice Center
New Moon Vermont
Healthy Living Market
Bike Recycle Vermont
Natural Provisions Market
Battery Street Jeans!
CCTA/GMTA to change name…and more!
March 1, 2016
The Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) and the Green Mountain Transit Agency (GMTA) recently announced a rebranding effort to become Green Mountain Transit (GMT). In July 2011, GMTA and CCTA became one legal entity, which formalized the operating relationship between the two agencies that had existed since 2003. The rebrand marks an exciting time and will finalize the last step in becoming one unified regional agency.
In conjunction with the rebranding, CCTA will roll out new technologies to improve the customer experience, starting with a new Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) system. AVL will provide passengers with real-time bus tracking information straight to their cellphones, improving service reliability and allowing CCTA to communicate changes more efficiently. CCTA will also go out to bid for a mobile ticketing system. A mobile ticketing app would allow passengers to purchase fare media directly on their cellphones prior to taking their bus trip. This app will provide convenience for the riders, eliminates the need to carry exact cash fare, and is one step closer to making CCTA/GMTA a paperless system.
Input Needed on Regional Active Transportation Plan
February 4, 2016
As reported in October, Chittenden County is getting a brand new Active Transportation Plan. The consultant team at Toole Design Group, as well as the Plan’s Advisory Committee, has been hard at work compiling, reviewing and incorporating public input from the four public work sessions last fall. The draft Existing Conditions report, including Plan Vision & Goals, is now available for public review and comment until February 15 – send your comments to Peter Keating. Your input will make this the best regional walk/bike plan yet!
Launch of Safe Streets Helpline and Website
December 18, 2015
Are you concerned about walk/bike safety in your community? Are kids not able to walk home safely from school? Are people walking and biking at night and are hard to see? Are drivers driving too fast through your town?
Our partners at Local Motion have distilled their experience and tools into a suite of toolkits and resources for you and your community. With the help of VTrans, these toolkits are available to people across Vermont.
Call 802-851-ROAD (7623) or visit http://www.safestreets.vt.gov/ to order print resources, ask questions of our experts, and download safety toolkits. There are toolkits for bike light outreach, safety message sidewalk stenciling, safety messaging to slow down motorists, and more.
Go! Stations Get You There
December 15, 2015
Go! Stations are where you can catch the bus, park your bike safely, and access CarShare VT vehicles, giving you more options for how to get around for everyday needs, from getting to work, to taking the kids to school, and meeting friends to socialize. Access to different transportation options helps to reduce traffic congestion, decrease parking demand, improve air quality, improve access to employment, and enhance the livability of our communities.
Go! Station Winooski is located downtown along Winooski Falls Way. There is a CCTA transit stop and heated indoor waiting area in the Spinner Place building, a CarShare VT vehicle at the north end of Winooski Falls Way (moves to the parking garage during the winter months), and a secure bike locker in the plaza in front of the Champlain Mill.
Go! Station Burlington is downtown in the Cherry Street area. The CCTA transit station, secure bike lockers in front of the Burlington Town Center parking garage, and CarShare VT pods at the top of Pearl St and adjacent to City Hall park are all in close proximity to each other.