Calling On Green Mountain Transit To Reinstate Montpelier Hospital Hill Fixed Bus Route

Calling On Green Mountain Transit To Reinstate Montpelier Hospital Hill Fixed Bus Route

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Morgan W. Brown started this petition to jamie@ridegmt.com and

Be it resolved, by their signatures to this petition, the petitioners call on Green Mountain Transit (GMT) as well as its microtransit partner, Sustainable Montpelier Coalition, to do the following in order to create an improved as well as more robust public transit bus service with which to better serve the community of Montpelier as well as the Central Vermont region:

  • Reinstate the hourly Montpelier Hospital Hill fixed bus route service as it had been prior to January 4, 2021 (and, keeping the GMT MyRide microtransit bus service within Montpelier itself);
  • Restore regular half hour service between the cities of Barre and Montpelier from 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM Monday through Saturday (rather than what the current route affords);
  • Extent the GMT MyRide microtransit bus service within the City of Montpelier to provide coverage up until 9:00 PM in the evening Monday through Saturday.

Background:

On Monday, January 4th, the Green Mountain Transit (GMT) MyRide microtransit bus service began operating in place of the Montpelier Hospital Hill, Circulator and Capitol Shuttle fixed routes that had previously served our city. Those three routes have since ceased during the two year pilot public transportation project.

Apparently, however, unlike how one had been able to flag down a bus on one of the former fixed routes that has now become the GMT MyRide microtransit service, one is no longer able to do so.

In my opinion, if the buses involved with MyRide are going by a person who needs to take the bus, the person should be able to flag down and board the bus, then make an onboard request. However I have been informed that this won't be possible to do. This is not what I would refer to as being "flexible." Therefore, they need to find a different word other than flexible to describe the new system, because that particular term does not cut it, not one bit.

Based on discussions with representatives of the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition, initially there will be someone at Pioneer Apartments, Lane Shops, the Montpelier Transit Center and the mall on the hill in Berlin (where Walmart is located) to assist people with requesting a ride if the person is without the means to do so on their own (yet, who knows how long this assistance will be kept in place). 

It is my understanding that one will not be permitted to board a GMT MyRide bus without a request having been made in advance.

The fact is that not everyone has a phone or might not be near a location where one can otherwise request a pick up.

By way of example, among the many problems with this is that in the Wintertime when it is cold I leave my smartphone home in order to keep it or rather its battery from being fried from the cold. 

So I could request a bus ride while at home, but not necessarily afterwards and thus be stuck without a ride back home, unless I were at one of the locations where someone could do so for me. Same for anyone else without the means to make a request.

Although it is fine that the service will be available for more people than before, at the same time it appears that it will end up excluding others in one fashion or another (even if unintentionally), including myself, at least at times; so there are those of us it won't work out for.

Therefore, this is a service I won't use whatsoever and have elected to boycott.The fact is that, unfortunately, since the GMT MyRide microtransit bus service has been in operation, I have been voting with my feet, quite literally.

Morgan W. Brown

Montpelier

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