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Vermont's Public Transit Plan is in play.  Let state officials know: you're ready to ride the train to work!

Do you ride the bus?  Carpool?  Uber?  Would you prefer to take the train to work, if that option were available in your area?

GMTA ridersThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) wants your input.  They will be holding regional forums throughout the state in October and November. The purpose of these forums is to gather input on existing public transportation services, service gaps and challenges, and potential solutions from stakeholders and transit riders. 

Vtrans' Public Transit upcoming regional forums will be held on the following dates & locations:

  • Wed. Oct 24 9:00 a.m. - Northwestern Counseling & Support Services-Mable Room, 130 Fisher Pond Rd., St. Albans, VT
  • Tues. Oct 30 9:00 a.m. - Addison County Regional Planning Commission, 14 Seminary St., Middlebury, VT
  • Tues. Oct 30 2:00 p.m. - Randolph Town Offices, 7 Summer St, Randolph, VT
  • Thurs. Nov 1 9:00 a.m. - Windsor Welcome Ctr. 3 Railroad Ave, Windsor, VT
  • Thurs. Nov 1 2:00 p.m. - The Current Offices, 706 Rockingham Rd., Bellows Falls, VT
  • Wed. Nov 14 9:00 a.m. - Hyde Park Town Office, 344 VT-15, Hyde Park, VT
  • Wed. Nov 14 2:00 p.m. -  Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Ave, St. Johnsbury, VT
  • Friday Nov 16 9:00 a.m. – Rutland Regional Planning Commission, 67 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT
  • Friday Nov 16 1:00 p.m. – Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, VT
  • Wed. Nov 28 9:00 a.m. - Chittenden Regional Planning Commission Offices, 110 West Canal St. - Suite 202, Winooski, VT
  • Wed. Nov 28 2:00 p.m. - Waterbury Town Office- Steele Room, 28 North Main St. - Suite 1, Waterbury VT

If you cannot attend any of these events in person, please provide feedback through an online interactive survey that can be found on the project website: click here.

This is your opportunity to be heard.  Demand that trains be added to the mix of public transit options for Vermont.  Tell VTrans: it's time for Trains!

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Congress could mandate longer double-trailer trucks nationwide

You can help stop this backdoor attempt to force states to allow longer doubles.

Congress is being lobbied hard to slip the approval of bigger, more damaging double trailer trucks into a "must pass" government spending bill.Double trailer truck
 
Unless constituents make their voices heard, Congress could force motorists in every state to share the road with massive “double-33s” – truck combinations that will reach 91 feet in length overall.
 
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, double-33s would increase damage to pavement and bridges and pass huge new costs on to taxpayers. 
  
With other highway users and taxpayers covering a large portion of their costs, these trucks would be heavily subsidized, ultimately taking the place of many 53-foot single trailer trucks and diverting millions of container loads now moving by rail onto our congested highways. After all, when you subsidize something, you get more of it.
 
Why subsidize more damaging trucks that create new burdens for taxpayers while diverting freight from the rail network to our crumbling roads and bridges? Congress cannot find the money to keep up with existing highway repair and maintenance needs – why make matters even worse?

 
Click here to visit the GoRail Action Center and send an email to your Members of Congress.

 


 

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