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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!

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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!

Already signed-up?
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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Way to Go!

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).

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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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Share your stories and images of how you get around and the fun stuff you encounter along the way.

In addition, we’re launching a transportation survey (http://www.travelsmartervt.org/survey/) designed to gather information from Chittenden County residents. Tell us how to keep improving!

Travel Smarter – you know you want to.

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June 1, 2016

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.

Check out the story on WCAX.

 

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Andy Witt, Dave Cain and Nic Anderson are the first to put their bikes on Amtrak’s Vermonter

Events

December 1: Statewide On-Road Bicycle Plan Phase II Meeting

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is beginning Phase II of their On-Road Bicycle Plan, a planning effort to categorize State roads into high-, moderate- and low-use/priority corridors based on current and potential bicycle use. The Plan will assist VTrans in understanding where to focus limited resources towards bicycle improvements and allow better integration into VTrans projects and activities.

On December 1, 6 – 8 pm, VTrans is hosting a statewide meeting so the public can:

  • Learn about the statewide VTrans On-Road Bicycle Plan Phase II
  • Review identified bicycle safety hotspots
  • Learn about upcoming opportunities to provide feedback on what makes roads feel comfortable and to identify network gaps
  • Followed by Question and Answer period with VTrans staff and project team

The CCRPC is hosting at their office in Winooski, or you can find another location convenient to you.

The final report for Phase 1 can be accessed at this link:  http://vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/bike-plan/documents. Learn more at http://vtrans.vermont.gov/planning/bikeplan or contact Sommer Bucossi, 802-828-3884  or vermontbike@gmail.com.

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November 14: Vermont Transportation Board Comes to Burlington

This fall the Vermont Transportation Board will hold public forums on transportation policy associated with trains, both passenger and freight. The Board wants to discuss railroad related issues with the public – including truck traffic through downtowns – to determine how future policy can be shaped to best position Vermont’s rail interests to meet the needs of the state residents.

Topics the Board plans to discuss include:

  • Living with railroads as neighbors, and the issues they present.
  • Passenger rail expansion along Vermont’s western corridor between Rutland and Burlington.
  • Passenger rail expansion from various points in Vermont to Montreal.
  • Truck traffic through villages and town centers, and the effect of rail expansion.
  • Adjacent rail-side economic development and planning for increased rail activity.
  • Starting commuter rail service linking Brattleboro to various points in Massachusetts.
  • Rail Safety, including crossings, trespassing and response to potential emergency incidents.

The Board will hold public forums on the following dates:

  • October 17: Bixby Library, 6:30 p.m., 258 Main Street, Vergennes. VT.
  • October 20: The Gateway Center, 6 p.m., 84 Fyfe Drive, Newport, VT.
  • October 27: The Holiday Inn Rutland, 6 p.m., 476 Holiday Drive, Rutland, VT.
  • November 9: Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 6 p.m., 10 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT
  • November 10: St. Albans Museum, 6:30 p.m. 9 church Street, St. Albans City, VT.
  • November 14: Main Street Landing’s Lake & College Building, 6:30 p.m., Gallery Room, second floor, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT.
  • November 16: Hotel Coolidge, 6 p.m., 39 South Main Street, White River Junction, VT.

You can read the full press release here.

People who cannot attend a hearing can submit written comment. For more information, contact the Board’s Executive Secretary John Zicconi at john.zicconi@vermont.gov or by calling 802-828-2942. To view the Board’s PowerPoint presentation, click here.

October 13: Grand Opening of the Downtown Transit Center

The Downtown Transit Center is opening! The Green Mountain Transit Board of Directors and Staff invite you to celebrate together as they open the new Downtown Transit Center on Thursday, October 13 at 1 PM on St. Paul Street in Burlington, between Cherry and Pearl Streets.

Speakers include: the Honorable Senator Patrick Leahy, Burlington’s Mayor Miro Weinberger and other federal, state and local officials. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Kindly RSVP to info@RideGMT.com by October 7.

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September 11: Open Streets BTV 2016

Open Streets BTV is an opportunity to experience our public streetscape in an entirely different way. On September 11 about 3 miles of Burlington streets will be closed to cars for a day of biking, walking, dancing, and whatever else you can imagine!

Last year’s event was a huge success thanks to a groundswell of community support. Check out pictures from last year on the Open Streets Facebook page and attend this year’s event!

Come bike, stroll, roll, dance or skate along car-free streets from the Old North End to Downtown! Activities, food and family fun for all.

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Open Streets BTV 2016 North-South Route

July 10: Bike Me Out to the Ballgame

The Vermont Lake Monsters have partnered with Local Motion, SkiRack, Champlain College and CATMA to offer the first ever Bike Me Out To the Ball Game! There will be two escorted bike trains meeting at 3 pm with arrival at ballpark at 4:15 pm (details below). Check out this sweet action:

  • FREE grandstand TICKETS for bicycle riders
  • Escorted BIKE TRAINS led by volunteer bicycle coordinators (and some special guests)!
  • Valet bike PARKING by Local Motion
  • Bike MECHANIC checks from Skirack
  • PLUS free BMX helmets for kids
  • and maybe Champ on a bike!

Check the Facebook Event Page for more details, tell us your coming and help by “inviting” all your friends and spread the word!
TWO ESCORTED BIKE TRAINS (Map Poster)
North End Bike Train: 

To Game: Meet at Hannaford in Ethan Allen Shopping Center at 3:00 pm. Leave at 3:15 pm with Police escort along the new North Ave protected bike lane pilot. Burlington College pickup at 3:30 pm. North Street pickup at 3:40 pm. Leave North Street at 3:50 pm. Meet CHAMP at hospital entrance on Colchester Avenue at 4:05 pm. Arrive to stadium at 4:15 pm. 4.3 miles. Word is that Burlington Police Chief del Pozo will be joining us and that we may be doing a special pick up of Champ on the way.

From Game: Two home trains. First leaves at 7:00 pm and the second leaves 15 minutes after the game finishes.

South End Bike Train: 
To Game: Meet at The Edge at Eastwood at 3:00 pm (Free parking at The Edge). Leave at 3:15 pm. Spear Street pickup at 3:35pm. Gutterson pickup at 3:55 pm. Arrive to stadium at 4:15 pm. 3.2 miles

From Game: Two home trains. First leaves at 7:00 pm and the second leaves 15 minutes after the game finishes.

All this is thanks to special coordination from the folks at VT Lake Monsters, CATMA, Champlain College, Local Motion and SkiRack. Hope to see you there! If you are interested in being involved more or helping with the bike trains, please email nanderson@champlain.edu.

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