Official Says Public Transportation Plan Must Balance Needs

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Public transportation users are applauding the opening this week of the Route 116 commuter bus line between Middlebury and Burlington. The route has stops in Bristol, Starksboro and Hinesburg.

Chris Cole is the director of policy, planning and intermodal development for VTrans.  He says the new route is just one part of Vermont’s public transportation plan, and that it’s important to balance a variety of transportation needs.

Most recently, VTrans applied for an additional 53 spaces at the Park and Ride lot in Richmond.

"It’s utilized Park and Ride lots in our system and we desperately need to make more space available for folks who want to use it," Cole said. 

Cole says the state’s public transit system must be inter-dependent, maintaining what is currently in place, while building to meet future needs.

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