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Would you ride the bus if it were more like Uber?

a person holds a smart phone in front of a car parked along a town sidewalk
A pilot program in Montpelier lets riders request bus service with an app called Via.

Live call-in discussion: A pilot project in Montpelier is rethinking public transit. Called MyRide, it's a two-year experiment in "microtransit"—a trend in public transportation focused on small-scale, on-demand solutions. The goal is to get more people to use public transit by making buses more user-friendly, like replacing fixed-route bus options with a service that allows people to book rides when and where they need them from a smartphone app or through a call center.

This hour, a panel of transportation experts discuss the pilot project and other ways to improve public transit in Vermont's towns and rural communities.

Our guests are:

  • Ross MacDonald, public transit planner/coordinator at Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Elizabeth Parker, shared mobility liaison at Sustainable Montpelier Coalition
  • Stephen Falbel, president of Steadman Hill Consulting who specializes in transportation planning

Broadcast live on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022 at noon.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

Mikaela Lefrak joined VPR in summer 2021 as co-host and senior producer of 'Vermont Edition'. Prior to that, she was a reporter and host at WAMU in Washington, D.C.
Tedra joined VPR as a producer for Vermont Edition in January 2022. Before moving to Vermont, she was a journalist in New York City for 20 years. She has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.