Main Street Express
Starting Thursday, July 20, the Vermont Agency of Transportation will replace two deteriorating 100-year-old bridges in downtown Middlebury with temporary spans.
Local concerns about access during the three-week period of construction to the Post Office, the National Bank of Middlebury, and downtown shops and restaurants have led to the creation of a dedicated ACTR shuttle service providing quick and direct access to the central downtown area.
Dubbed “The Main Street Express,” the shuttle service is the result of a unique partnership between Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR), the Town of Middlebury, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), and the Better Middlebury Partnership, an advocacy group for the downtown Middlebury business community.
“The goal of the service,” notes Jim Gish, Community Liaison for the Middlebury Rail & Bridge Project, “is to provide 5-minute access to the center of town from two parking lots, for employees who work downtown and for residents and visitors who want to shop, dine, or take care of business.”
The downtown shuttle service is funded by VTrans. The service is free to all riders.
The Main Street Express will run from Saturday, July 22, through Friday, August 11. Hours of operation are 8 AM to 6 PM, Monday-Saturday.
The shuttle will serve two Town-owned parking lots: the Memorial Sports Center/Town Pool parking lot on the east side of town off of Buttolph Drive and the Mill Street parking lot in Frog Hollow near Storm Café.
The shuttle will bring those parking in these two lots to two downtown locations: the Post Office and Middlebury’s Town Offices. Both are located on Main Street in downtown Middlebury on either side of the construction area.
A 14-passenger shuttle will make a continuous loop downtown during its 10 hours of daily service. Travel time from either parking lot to the center of town is estimated at 5 minutes.
To encourage ridership, the Middlebury Selectboard has allocated $750 in Middlebury Money gift certificates from its FY18 General Fund. Riders of the Main Street Express will have an opportunity to enter a weekly raffle. Each week, the Better Middlebury Partnership will select five riders who will win a $50 Middlebury Money gift certificate. Middlebury Money gift certificates can be redeemed at nearly 100 local businesses in Middlebury.
Middlebury College Language School students and faculty can ride downtown on the regularly scheduled ACTR bus servicing Adirondack Circle on campus.
ACTR enhances the economic, social and environmental health of the region by providing community transportation services that are safe, reliable, accessible and affordable for everyone. For Main Street Express and other bus schedule information, visit www.actr-vt.org or call ACTR at 388-ACTR(2287).