ROCKINGHAM, VT Southeast Vermont Transit (SEVT aka The MOOver) is proposing changes to two routes.
Route 61 currently travels from Bellows Falls to Okemo daily during the winter season via Springfield and Chester. It makes one round trip run in the morning and one in the afternoon, plus an additional morning run on weekends and holidays. Last year it provided less than 500 rides from Thanksgiving-early April.
The MOOver is proposing using those funds, provided by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and Okemo Mountain Resort, to operate the Village Route in Ludlow which is part of Okemo’s Act 250 compliance. The route runs winter weekends and holidays from 7:00 am-5:00 pm between the resort and throughout Ludlow. Previously, the resort operated this route. Service by SEVT would start December 24th and run until March 26th.
“The goal is to increase SEVT’s ridership substantially and to provide the resort far more productive service at the same funding level as the existing one” said Randy Schoonmaker, SEVT CEO.
The existing Route 57 operates Monday-Friday year-round from Bellows Falls to Ludlow via North Springfield. It meets the bus to Rutland in Ludlow in the morning and in the afternoon, and also does a second morning run. SEVT proposes to add winter weekends and holidays to the existing schedule, and to re-route the route through Chester year-round. This would cut the second morning trip which has very low ridership. The proposed change would be effective November 25th.
“Again, the plan is to increase ridership and also to provide year-round service to Chester” said Schoonmaker.
SEVT is seeking public comments on the proposed changes until November 4th. For more information visit the MOOver’s website at www.moover.com . For comments or to request a public hearing call 1-802-463-2474 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .