The Green Mountain Transit (GMT) Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday evening (April 16, 2019) to move forward with the implementation of the urban NextGen Service Plan and fare increase. Both going into effect June 17, 2019 to coincide with the next urban passenger Bus Map and Guide.
Highlights of the NextGen Service Plan include:
• Passenger-friendly maps and schedules
• Service every 20 Minutes from 6AM to 6PM on major routes
• Service every 30 Minutes from 6AM to 6PM on most other routes
• More evening and weekend service
• All-day service to airport from downtown
• Improved Commuter schedules
• More service, all day long
“As an agency, we are excited to see the first phase of this plan move to implementation,” says General Manager, Mark A. Sousa. “We had historically high attendance at our eight public meetings, and public, stakeholder, and Municipal input shaped the final plan. We look forward to roll-out.”
GMT will also implement a fare increase, effective June 17, 2019. The increase, the first since 2005, will affect urban local routes only. Passenger cash fare will increase to $1.50 per one-way trip, 10-ride tickets will increase to $15, and adult 31-day passes will decrease to $40. 50% discount fare will still be available for eligible passengers.
In addition to the NextGen Service Plan and the fare increase, GMT is hoping to roll out some exciting new passenger technology.
“GMT has been working with VTrans to launch a new app to replace RouteShout 2.0,” Sousa said. “We are hopeful this new app will provide a huge benefit to our riders. We are also looking at launching a mobile ticketing project, allowing passengers to purchase passes directly from their phones.”