Marble Valley Regional Transit District (The Bus) and Stagecoach Transportation Services Inc. (STSI) of Randolph, Vermont are working in partnership to create a new public transportation route that will reestablish scheduled bus service between Rutland and White River Junction. In 2008, Vermont Transit discontinued scheduled service between Rutland and White River Junction.
The new route, if awarded funding by the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation, will begin in November and be named the Route 4 East Connection. The Route 4 Each Connection will travel Vermont Route 4 picking up and discharging passengers in Rutland, Killington, Bridgewater, Quechee, Woodstock, and White River Junction with local connections in the White River Junction area and into the Lebanon, West Lebanon areas of New Hampshire.
The Route 4 East Connection will offer connections to:
Amtrak s The Vermonter with service from Springfield, Massachusetts to Essex, Vermont with stops in White River Junction, Randolph, Montpelier, Waterbury, Burlington, and St. Albans,
Stagecoach Transportation Services Inc. between Randolph and Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Hospital Medical Center, and the VA Hospital,
Vermont Transit daily service between Burlington and Brattleboro with a stop in White River Junction and
Dartmouth Coach routes stopping in White River Junction with service to Boston, and New York City through Stamford, Connecticut.
The Route 4 East Connection will operate four times daily midweek, with additional weekend service during the winter ski season. The requested one-way fare will be $3.00 donation.
If awarded funding by the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation, this will be a three-year grant. Eighty percent of the funding will be federal/state dollars, with twenty percent required local match coming from businesses and communities that benefit from the operation of the service.
During an average week, The Bus travels 13,736 miles and transports 10,431 riders in Rutland City, Proctor, Middlebury, West Rutland, Castleton, Fair Haven, Poultney, Killington, Manchester, Ludlow and towns in between. Marble Valley Regional Transit District has a fleet consisting of 62 vehicles and employs a staff of 69.
For information on routes and other services, call (802) 773-3244, ext. 117 or visit www.thebus.com.