03.13.09

Leahy Secures Nearly $3 Million For New Addison County Transit Facility

(FRIDAY, March 13) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has secured $2,850,000 for Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) to build a new maintenance and administrative facility in Middlebury.  Leahy included the funding for the project in the newly enacted annual appropriations bill for several government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation.  Leahy is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, which handled the Senate’s work in writing the bill, which President Obama signed on March 11. 

“This new facility will help ACTR meet the growing demand for public transit in Addison County,” said Leahy.  “Reliable transit service knits a community more closely together.  Transit options improve access to the workplace and for family obligations and shopping needs.  ACTR has built a tremendous amount of community support around this project, and I am pleased that this work now will be able to move forward with this significant federal investment.”   

ACTR provides regular bus service connecting Middlebury, Bristol, Burlington, Ferrisburgh, Leicester, New Haven, Ripton, Rutland, Salisbury and Vergennes, as well as demand-response service for all Addison County municipalities, with combined ridership of more than 127,000 last year. 

ACTR’s new facility will be co-located with the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s maintenance garage on Creek Road, which will allow ACTR to provide timely and effective in-house maintenance. 

ACTR now shares space with several other nonprofit organizations in Middlebury.  Lacking any garage space, ACTR outsources its maintenance and has to leave its buses outside each night.   

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