Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CCTA Link Express upgrades to larger buses

The Chittenden County Transportation Authority has purchased a fleet of bigger busses for its growing Link Express routes.

CCTA has seen ridership rise steadily on its commuter runs from Burlington to Montpelier and Middlebury, to nearly 147,000 passengers last year. To accommodate that growth, CCTA purchased seven new coach-style busses. The busses are the largest in the CCTA fleet, with 57 seats and room for four bicycles. They will be phased into service beginning next Monday. 
The busses were paid for with a $3.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.

CCTA Announces Launch Of New Commuter Buses:
CCTA is pleased to announce the launch of seven new commuter buses. The new larger buses will be phased into service on CCTA’s Link Express routes traveling from Burlington to Montpelier, Middlebury, and St. Albans beginning on Monday, November 19th. The seven 45-foot Motor Coach Industry buses will be the largest in CCTA’s fleet, offering 57 seats and the capacity for four bicycles.

CCTA pursued funding for the larger buses in 2011 based on the ongoing growth of its three Link Express routes and the clear need for additional passenger capacity. In the most recently completed fiscal year, the three Link Express routes carried a combined 146,757 passengers, which represents a 13% increase over the previous year and builds on substantial growth since the first Link route began in 2003.

In late 2011, with the support of the Vermont Congressional delegation, CCTA was successful in securing a $3,360,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Bus and Bus Facilities Livability Initiative to purchase the larger buses to meet the growing ridership demands. In addition to a 46% increase in seating capacity and a 100% increase in bicycle capacity, the new buses offer improved Wifi service, power outlets at every seat, and passenger controlled vents and lights.

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