On November 28, 1996 the first condo routes began at Mount Snow. Nearly 3,000,000 miles and almost 2,000,000 rides later, the Company operates 13 routes and serves six towns. Here's a recap:
Spring 1996: The idea for a transit service is created by the Vision Committee.
Summer 1996: A subcommittee is formed to explore the possibilities, hire a consultant, and do a feasibility study. A feasibility study is submitted to the Vermont Agency of Transportation in July, and is approved shortly thereafter.
An application for CMAQ Grant is approved, a transit company is incorporated, a 501( c ) (3) status is awarded by the IRS, and a Board of Directors is formed.
Board members Susie Manton, Linda Anelli and Norm Rosenburg coin the nickname "MOOver".
September-November 1996: An operations subcontractor is sought and hired, rolling stock is leased/purchased, and an administrator is hired. Local artist Skip Morrow develops a Holstein paint scheme for the buses, signs, collateral material. The Board and Skip spot the first seven buses.
Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1996: The first winter seasonal condo routes operate.
December 19, 1996: Route 100 Service begins.
First year of service 143,000 riders.
Second year of service 226,000 riders.
October 1997: DVTA is given "The Good Deed" award by Windham Regional Commission.
Winter 1998-99: DVTA is awarded a $623,000 earmark from Senator Leahy to purchase rolling stock, equipment, and begin planning for a new home.
Summer 1999: Additional capital is secured for transit center, rolling stock, feasibility study for Brattleboro-Bennington route.
Fall 1999: The DVTA begins Rideshare, Ridematch, and VanPool programs.
December 20, 1999: The first route expansion with a Welfare to Work Grant extends service to Readsboro, Wardsboro, East Dover and Whitingham.
December 24, 1999: DVTA puts a unique six-wheel drive bus into service.
January 4, 2000: The DVTA begins Section 5310 service for elderly & disabled riders.
January 2000: The 1,000,000th mile traveled.
February 1-5: The DVTA transports 25,000 people for the ESPN Winter X Games including 12,000 people in one day.
July 1, 2000: 3,000 riders are transported in two hours for the Fourth of July Fireworks.
January , 2001: The 1,000,000 ride is given.
February 1-4, 2001: Second successful ESPN Winter X Games.
Spring 2001: The DVTA completes The Brattleboro-Bennington Feasibility Study.
May 31, 2001: The DVTA signs a consulting agreement with the Town of Brattleboro for grant administration, planning, consulting and financial services.
Fall 2002: A scoping study starts for a proposed transit center in Wilmington to provide a maintenance and storage facility, administrative offices and a small passenger waiting area.
November 2002: DVTA is awarded "Chamber Person of the Year".
Spring 2003: A short-term agreement is signed with the Town of Brattleboro for providing drivers and consulting services until September 1, 2003.
June 20, 2003: The DVTA agrees to serve Windham and southern Windsor County area serviced by the former TVB Company which ends service with no notice. The DVTA creates a regional transit company in five days and is hired to do seven routes until November 2, 2003. Not a single day of service is missed.
March 2003: The 2,000,000th mile is traveled.
July 13, 2004: The DVTA buys the 9.5-acre Barnboard facility in Wilmington as a permanent home for the Company and immediately begins to remove liquid and solid hazards from the site.
October 19, 2004: Governor Douglas cuts the ribbon on new service from Wilmington to Brattleboro, connecting the Deerfield Valley to Amtrak, Greyhound Bus, Town of Brattleboro Bus, service to Bellows Falls.
Fall 2005: Agreements are reached with Marlboro College and towns of Dover, Wilmington and Whitingham to provide unique "tripper service" from all towns to Brattleboro.
February 2006: 3,000,000th mile traveled.
Spring 2006: Mechanics Glen Beattie and Dave Meeks begin producing 100% biodiesel fuel. One bus operates on it that fall – the first in the state to run on 100% organic fuel.
Fall 2006: Mount Snow's contributions to the DVTA over the past 10 years reach $1 million.
November 23, 2006: The DVTA celebrates its 10th anniversary with a parade, public ceremony and a staff banquet.
December 2006: Founding Board of Directors member and Chairman Bob North dies in a plane crash.
June 12, 2007: John Redd joins the DVTA Board of Directors.
July 2008: The DVTA partners with The Student Network to produce a video documentary on the Barnboard factory before it is torn down. Research begins and a book is started.
October 2008: The 2,000,000th ride is provided.
January 8-11: The DVTA moves 18,322 people during the Dew Tour event at Mount Snow.
June 30, 2009: The DVTA sets an annual ridership record of 232,533 rides.
December 13, 2009: Senator Leahy secures a $584,400 earmark to fund the demolition of the old factory, and to begin architecturals and final design.
June 30, 2009: The DVTA sets an ridership records on four of its routes.
December 11, 2010: the DVTA starts three new routes at Mount Snow.
June 30, 2011: The DVTA smashes all previous ridership records by providing 290,867 rides.
August 1-October 16, 2011: The barnboard factory is torn down, recycled into mulch, hauled off site, and the grounds seeded and mulched.
August 28, 2011: The Flood of 2011 caused by Tropical Storm Irene hits the Deerfield Valley. The DVTA buses had been moved to higher ground, and service was interrupted for two days locally and two weeks until Brattleboro service could be restored.
January 7, 2012: The DVTA provides its 3,000,000th ride.
July 9, 2012: The DVTA, in conjunction with GMCN, starts weekday service from Wilmington to Bennington.
July 18, 2012: The DVTA receives a $3,084,831 federal grant to build a facility.
September 1, 2012: The DVTA publishes 45 Mill Street, a book about the site's historic past.
December 26, 2012: The DVTA resumes service to Haystack and The Hermitage Club.
June 17-July 18, 2013: DVTA is retained by VTrans to do a management review of Connecicut River Transit (CRT).
September 16, 2013: DVTA begins a one-year management agreement to operate CRT.
April 1, 2014: The DVTA will begin construction of its new facility.
The DVTA has evolved from a fixed-route company with a 10-mile radius to a full-service public transit provider serving eight communities along a 36-mile length. Our operating budget has grown to over nearly $1.8 million annually, and we are diversifying into new routes and lines of business each year.
Our funding sources have grown from the original three-year test grant through CMAQ to a series of five different long-term grant programs. We’re here to stay, and thanks to a dedicated staff and Board of Directors, we will continue to grow and diversify.
We thank the community and our partners and our riders for all their support!!!