Ways to Go
Taking the Bus
When students take the school bus, parents save time and money. Traffic congestion during drop-off and pick-up is reduced. Taking the bus is the safest and most practical way to get to school year-round. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, students are nearly eight times safer riding in a school bus than with their own parents and guardians in cars.
GO GREEN BY GOING YELLOW
Every school bus on the road eliminates approximately 36 cars That’s 36 fewer cars clogging the morning commute and 36 fewer cars polluting the atmosphere. School bus transportation makes our students and communities cleaner and healthier.
PUBLIC TRANSIT FOR TEACHERS, STAFF, and Schools without their own buses.
When you travel by bus, you’ll save money, and free up valuable time for whatever you like — reading, writing, listening to music or tackling emails. Public transportation is an easy way to get more out of your day while spending less. And for every mile you ride, you’re also using about one-half of the fuel consumed by the average car, so you’ll be making a big impact by reducing carbon emissions.
Bring your bike on the bus to expand your mobility: http://www.cctaride.org/bus-information/bikes.html
NEED HELP PLANNING YOUR ROUTE?
Call the Go Vermont customer support line (1-800-685-7433) or contact your local transit provider:
In Addison County
- ACTR: >> 802.388.1946; www.actr-vt.org
In Chittenden County
- CCTA: >> 802.864.CCTA (2282) >> www.cctaride.org.
In Central Vermont
- GMTA: >> 802.223.7287 >> toll-free: 866.864.0211 >> www.gmtaride.org
- CATMA: The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees at its institutions and business membership with discounts on CCTA local and LINK routes. Employees and students at UVM, Champlain College and Seventh Generation can ride any bus for FREE with your valid ID. For more information including bus routes/schedules, visit CATMA’s website or call. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >> www.catmavt.org
- RCT: Rural Community Transportation Inc. (RCT) is a transportation brokerage that uses all modes of transportation including buses, wheelchair accessible vans and volunteer drivers. RCT services a wide range of passengers through several programs including: The Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging, Adult Day Health Services, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Central Vermont Council on Aging, and The Northeast Kingdom Community Action. As a Medicaid/Reach Up broker for the State of Vermont, RCT coordinates medical trips for Medicaid eligible residents and transportation for Reach Up programs. >> 802.748.8170>>www.riderct.org
- Hinesburg Rides: is a volunteer-based transportation assistance program designed to address the wide range of needs of all Hinesburg residents, employees, and employers. Their program has three components; 1. Volunteer Driver Program, 2. Commuter Carpool Program, 3. Local Employer Transportation Program. >> www.hinesburg.org/hinesburg_rides.html
- MVRTD: Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD), generally known as ‘The Bus’ is the largest non-urban public transportation system in the State of Vermont. >> Contact: Jennifer Misencik >> 802.773.3244 >> www.thebus.com
*Bicyclists are encouraged to use the bus as part of their commute. Many buses are outfitted with bike racks. If no bike rack is available, bicyclists can bring their bike on board with the driver’s permission.
- Advance Transit: >> www.advancetransit.com
- Connecticut River Transit: >> www.crtransit.org
- Stagecoach: >> www.stagecoach-rides.org
Bike/Walk or Roll
Harness your natural energy and enjoy the great outdoors. Walking , biking, skateboarding or riding a scooter is a healthy way to get to school. It’s also healthier for the environment. A short, four-mile round-trip bicycle commute keeps almost 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air.
NEED HELP TO PLAN A SAFE TRIP?
- Local Motion is a member-supported non-profit promoting people-powered transportation and recreation in Vermont. >> 802.652.BIKE (2453) >> www.localmotion.org/. >> Here’s a great guide to help you commute by bike! >> Vermont Bicycle Commuter Guide
- CATMA: The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees of its institutions and business members with a $15 reward for biking or walking to/from work on a regular basis. For more information, call or visit the CATMA website. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >> www.catmavt.org
- Montpelier Alive: The Montpelier Downtown Community Association (MDCA), now Montpelier Alive, was formed in 1999 to focus on the revitalization of the downtown. Contact Suzanne Hechmer for any questions regarding biking and walking. >> 802.223.9604 >> www.montpelieralive.org
- The Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition: works towards creating a healthier, more physically active Rutland County. >> 802.870.6722 >> www.walkbikerutland.org
- Freeride Montpelier: Promotes bicycling by providing affordable used bikes and community-wide access to the tools, skills and information necessary for bike maintenance and safe riding. >> www.freeridemontpelier.org
- Walk Score/Bike Score/Transit Score: Enter an address into this online tool and see how walkable, bike-able, and transit friendly it is. Results also include a map showing nearby amenities. >> www.walkscore.com
- Gmaps Pedometer: Uses Google’s mapping application to help record distances traveled and calories burned during a running or walking workout. >> http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/
- Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefits: >> Bicycle Benefits www.nctr.usf.edu/programs/clearinghouse/commutebenefits
Carpooling/Bike and Ride
Carpooling is an easy way to make a big difference with your daily commute. When you share your ride, not only will you keep great company, you can cut 50% of your commute costs! That’s a lot of savings. Not to mention, the carbon emissions you’ll save by sharing your ride – on average nearly 31 pounds! See how much you can save. Try the Go! Vermont Commute Calculator.
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
- Carpool: Go Vermont makes setting up carpools and vanpools nearly effortless! Check out Go Vermont’s easy-to-use carpool matching system, Zimride >> http://www.zimride.com/govermont
- Vanpool: For more information on vanpools, guaranteed rides home and other Go Vermont offerings you can call or visit the website >> 800.685.RIDE (7433) >> www.connectingcommuters.org/
- Vermont Statewide Park & Rides: Vermont has 27 State Park and Ride lots and 21 Municipal Park and Ride lots located throughout the state. For detailed information on each location, visit >> http://parkandrides.vermont.gov/
- CATMA: The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees of its business member institutions (Champlain College, UVM Medical Center, UVM) with a confidential carpool matching service. A unique program coordinating carpools for those working on ‘The Hill’. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >>www.catmavt.org.
- Neighbor Rides: is an initiative of United Way of Chittenden County that uses volunteer drivers to transport seniors and persons with disabilities to life-sustaining and life-enriching activities throughout Chittenden County. >> 802. 861.7833 >> http://www.unitedwaycc.org/Neighbor-Rides
- The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees of its founding members — Champlain College, University of Vermont Medical Center and University of Vermont — access to their confidential carpool matching program. CATMA personally connects employees with carpoolers through their confidential database. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >> www.catmavt.org
- Hinesburg Rides is a volunteer-based transportation assistance program designed to address the wide range of needs of all Hinesburg residents, employees, and employers. Their program has three components; 1. Volunteer Driver Program, 2. Commuter Carpool Program, 3. Local Employer Transportation Program. >> www.hinesburg.org/hinesburg_rides.html
- There are 8 official Park & Ride lots around Rutland County, making carpooling quick and convenient. Click on the link to see a map of every Park & Ride lot. >> 802.775.0871 >> rutlandrpc.org/transparkride.php