On June 17, Green Mountain Transit (GMT) will roll out its new NextGen Service Plan, featuring more frequent transit options and expanded routes. Urban routes and multi-ticket packs will see a slight price increase, while the monthly adult pass price will decrease.
“As an agency we are excited to see the first phase of this plan move to implementation,” said General Manager Mark A. Sousa.
The NextGen Service Plan was created after GMT hosted numerous public forums and received feedback from the public, key stakeholders and municipal officials.
Key features of Green Mountain Transit’s NextGen Service Plan include:
- Passenger-friendly maps and schedules
- Service every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on major routes
- Service every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on most other routes
- More evening and weekend service
- All-day service to the airport from downtown
- Improved commuter schedules
Also beginning June 17, GMT will implement their first fare increase in 14 years. Urban routes will rise to $1.50 per one-way trip and 10-ride tickets to $15. Discount fares will still be available to eligible passengers. The cost of an adult 31-day pass will decrease by 20 percent to $40.
GMT is working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation to create a new app that will provide real time information to riders. They are also developing a mobile ticket platform that would allow passengers to purchase passes directly from their smartphones.
Green Mountain Transit is the largest public transportation system in Vermont. Originally founded in 1973 as the Chittenden County Transportation Authority, it took its current name in 2016 after a merger with Green Mountain Transit Authority. It serves roughly 2.5 million riders every year.