• Expand GMTA
    March 02,2013
     

    Expand GMTA

    I urge the Green Mountain Transit Agency to consider restarting bus service to and from Montpelier and Waterbury and the Mad River Valley. I believe such service is very much needed. I also believe it would quite likely be financially viable at this time because many circumstances have changed since bus service was discontinued a number of years ago. At a minimum, the viability of such service ought to be explored seriously and publicly.

    The reasons such service is needed, and is likely to be viable today, are:

    1. The high cost of gasoline, which shows no likelihood of decreasing significantly.

    2. The poor condition of and almost continual need for road and bridge repairs along Route 100, which is in large part a consequence of the heavy commuter traffic on Routes 100B and 100 to and from Montpelier and Waterbury respectively.

    3. Serious pressures on the state transportation budget, which make road upkeep a continual challenge.

    4. Serious and growing environmental concerns related to carbon emissions and climate change.

    5. The need for the young (i.e., teenagers and pre-teens), the elderly, and the poor to have the personal and economic independence provided by access to low cost, reliable, safe means of public transportation.

    I urge the GMTA to please begin a public process of reconsideration of the options for and viability of bus service to and from the Mad River Valley.

    Anne Bordonaro

    Waitsfield

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