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Bus stop? What potential GMT cutbacks could mean for Vermont public transit

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Green Mountain Transit says budget challenges and rising fuel costs could lead to cutbacks in services.

Green Mountain Transit is potentially cutting services and discontinuing some routes due to budget challenges and rising fuel costs. This hour, we'll speak to GMT officials about their finances, expectations for services and what’s being done to make sure Vermonters have access to public transportation.

Our guests are:

  • Jon Moore, GMT general manager
  • Jamie Smith, GMT director of marketing and planning

Green Mountain Transit cut routes during the pandemic, leaving some riders worried they might not come back.
The Vermont Senate is considering a transportation package that would provide GMT $1.2 million to potentially reinstate those routes, and prevent further cuts.

That's after the transit system went fare-free in 2020, operating with COVID relief funds.

Moor says GMT is now considering the best path forward.

"Is the best investment to continue the fare-free service, or to use that money to maintain as much service, if not increase service?" Moore asked rhetorically on Vermont Edition.

"Because a free bus that doesn't get you where you want to go, when you want to get there, is not overly valuable."

Moore says GMT is working on a transit finance study to help determine what future services may look.

Broadcast live on Friday, April 15, 2022, at noon.

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

Connor Cyrus joined VPR as host and senior producer in March 2021. Formerly a reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island, he's passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined VPR in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.