Leahy Joined By Burlington, Vermont And Federal Officials For Downtown Transit Center Groundbreaking In Burlington

……Leahy Played Pivotal Role In Securing $8 million For Project Fifteen Years in the Making

BURLINGTON (Monday, May 18, 2015) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday joined local, state and federal officials to break ground on Burlington’s new Downtown Transit Center, a project 15 years in the making.

Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a pivotal role in securing $8 million for the long planed center, as well as nearly $40 million in federal funding for public transit stations and buses across Vermont over the past 15 years. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger, Vermont Transportation Secretary Sue Minter, Chittenden Country Transit Authority (CCTA) leadership and representatives of the Federal Transit Administration joined Leahy for the ceremony

The project will serve as a new hub for CCTA’s bus routes throughout the Burlington region.  It will ensure passengers have a heated, indoor area to wait just a block off of Church Street, a break room for drivers, restrooms and a ticketing area.  All of these amenities are dramatic improvements over the open air station that has operated for over 30 years at the intersection of Cherry and Church Streets.

Throughout his career, Senator Leahy has made a priority of supporting public transit infrastructure across the State of Vermont.  On Monday he said, “More and more Vermonters are choosing to get out of their cars, ride bikes, walk or take a bus to their destinations.  Burlington is an economic hub for our entire state.  Having this center downtown will ensure that Vermonters continue to come here to work, shop and socialize. When completed, this facility will be one where any Vermonter would be happy to board a bus.”

More than 30 locations were considered before the Saint Paul street location was selected. Ultimately the project will accomplish a number of community goals.  It uses public space for a public purpose; Provides a convenient location where transit customers want to be; Reduces buses crossing the Church Street Marketplace; provides Burlington with a “first-class” transit station; ensures that on-street bus bays are contiguous and convenient; and it has the support of local businesses, residents and City officials. 

Senator Patrick Leahy’s History of Support for Public Transit in Vermont 

$8 million for the CCTA Transit Center in Burlington
$5 million for the Montpelier Transit Center (construction to begin late 2015)
$3 million for the Connecticut River Transit Center in Rockingham
$2.8 million for the Addison Country Bus Facility in Middlebury
$7.6 million for CCTA to purchase new clean, diesel buses, construct new bus shelters and equipment
$1.46 million for Marble Valley Transit in Rutland to purchase new buses
$1 million and a $3 million competitive federal grant for the Deerfield Valley Transit Center in Wilmington
$2 million for the University of Vermont to purchase natural gas powered buses and install a quick fill natural gas station
$5.4 million in earmarks in stimulus funding for new buses in Burlington, Randolph, Rutland, Bennington, Wilmington, Rockingham and St. Johnsbury.

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