08.29.13

Leahy and Shumlin Celebrate Opening Of Community Transportation Center

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday told members of the Addison County Transit Resources Board of Directors and local citizens that their new bus maintenance facility would help the transit company meet growing ridership and better serve the community, while also helping the environment.  Leahy, who was on hand for an official ribbon cutting with Governor Peter Shumlin, secured $2.85 million in federal funds for the project

“This new facility will help ACTR meet the growing demand for public transit in Addison County and throughout Vermont,” said Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  “Reliable transit service knits neighborhoods and communities more closely together, and ACTR does an excellent job providing dependable transit options in this area and beyond.  ACTR has built a tremendous amount of community support around this project, and I am pleased that their good work will continue and grow in this beautiful new facility.”  

The new facility, which cost approximately $4.3 million, was paid for with federal, state, local and private funding.  Located adjacent to the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s maintenance garage on Creek Road, it provides ACTR with administrative office space, a dispatch center, an indoor maintenance facility, meeting space, a neighborhood transit stop and commuter park and ride space.

“I’m very pleased that my administration could provide critical support for this facility to close the funding gap and make the project a reality,” said Shumlin.  “This is another key investment in infrastructure that supports our policies of reducing carbon in transportation while also making mobility affordable for Vermonters.”   

“In just two short months, the Community Transportation Center has already begun to transform ACTR,” Jim Mouton, Executive Director of ACTR, said.  “The new space has made daily operations noticeably more efficient, improved our ability to provide quality customer service and led to greater service reliability.  Best of all, everyone is excited to know we are just beginning to tap into the building’s potential, and thus, our potential as an organization.”

Moulton said the building is outfitted with several green technologies, reducing the building’s impact on the environment, minimizing energy consumption, and ultimately saving riders money.  For instance, ACTR installed a bus wash system that uses rainwater captured from the roof.  The new bus wash system allows the employees to take better care of the equipment by removing corrosive salt, extending its useful life and reducing operating costs.

ACTR previously shared space with several other nonprofit organizations in Middlebury.  Lacking any garage space, ACTR had to outsource the maintenance of its vehicles and leave its buses outside each night. 

ACTR provides regular transit route service connecting Middlebury, Bristol, Hinesburg, Burlington, Vergennes, New Haven, Ripton, Brandon and Rutland, as well as demand-response service for all Addison County municipalities, with combined ridership of more than 172,000 in the last fiscal year. 

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