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Tri-Valley Transit

116 Commuter

116 Commuter

MONDAY-FRIDAY | Connecting Middlebury to Burlington via Rte 116; Partnership between TVT and GMT

Rider Alert

Coronavirus schedule changes and mask mandate

This alert was updated 2/23/21

  1. Some bus service times have been suspended:
    • Burlington LINK weekday 6:05am southbound/7:15am northbound and 5:20pm southbound/6:40pm northbound.
    • 116 Commuter 6:45am southbound from Burlington, 7:45am northbound from Hinesburg and 4:50pm southbound from Burlington
  2. To protect the public, and by federal law, masks are required on transit and at transportation hubs, per the following guidance.Acceptable per CDC and new Order:
    • Cloth or disposable face covering with at least two tightly woven layers
    • Completely covers the wearer’s nose and mouth
    • Fits snugly against the sides of the face without gaps
    • Secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands
    • While not preferred, gaiters may be worn if made of two layers of fabric or can be folded over to make two layers and fit per above guidance

    NOT acceptable per CDC and new Order:

    • Loosely woven mask, such as knitted
    • Mask worn in way that does not cover both mouth and nose
    • Face shields or goggles (unless also worn with an acceptable facemask)
    • Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas or bandanas
    • Shirt or sweater collars pulled up over the mouth and nose

Additional safety measures can be found on TVT’s COVID-19 Response Page

116 Schedule and Map


  • 1-Way $2
  • 10-Ride $20
  • Monthly Pass $75

Discount Fares

  • Passengers five (5) and under ride free with a fare-paying passenger.
  • Passengers aged 6-17, age 60+ or with an ADA disability are eligible for ½ fare. Passengers can self-report their age or disability.

General Fare Info

  • Fares are collected on all TVT bus routes except on the Middlebury Shuttle Bus and within the Fare-Free Zone (FFZ) in Middlebury
  • Only exact change, TVT (ACTR) tokens or passes accepted on all buses. GMT buses do not accept TVT (ACTR) tokens.
  • No fare; no ride

Fare Exceptions and Transfers

  • Monthly pass includes access to all GMT and local routes
  • Monthly pass good for 31 days from day of 1st use
  • $1 fare for in-county travel between Starksboro and Middlebury
  • Transfer pass available for use on local GMT system (valid for 1 hr); Transfer pass not valid on LINK routes
  • Valid Middlebury College Faculty/Staff ID accepted in lieu of fare
  • Valid student IDs accepted in lieu of fare: Champlain, NECI, St. Michael's and UVM
  • No transfer passes available to TVT local bus routes; Fare must be paid to continue the trip on local routes
  • No fare collected in the Fare-Free Zone between downtown Middlebury and Lindale bus stop on Route 116

Deviations Allowed


Holiday Schedule

Bus Service    X No Service



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MLK, Jr. Day

President's Day

Memorial Day


Independence Day


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Thanksgiving Day


Day After Thanksgiving

Christmas Day


  • Deviations & Request Only Stops (R)

    Some TVT stops along a route are listed as “R” or Request Only – either all of the time or during some parts of the day. Request Only stops follow the pick-up or drop-off procedures below, stopping at the nearest safe location.

    TVT buses also deviate up to ½ mile (¼ mile for Rutland Connector and the Saturday Burlington LINK) from the published routes to pick up or drop off passengers.

    If the request for Deviation or Request Only pick-ups or drop-offs cannot be accommodated at the desired schedule time, per Federal Law, TVT will provide the service up to 1 hour before or after the requested time.

    There are no deviations on the GMT 116 Commuter or the Mon-Fri Burlington LINK routes.

    To request a DROP OFF

    Upon boarding, please let your driver know you would like a Deviation or a Request Only drop off. The driver will let you know if this can be accommodated right away or on the next loop. All attempts to accommodate requests will be made.

    To request a PICK UP

    All Pick Ups – whether a Deviation or Request Only Bus Stop – must be requested by calling the TVT one business day (24 hours) in advance, or on Fridays for a Monday pick up.

    Dispatch staff will take the information, review the bus schedule and determine a Pick Up time. Per Federal Law, the ride will be accommodated either up to one hour before or one hour after the requested time. TVT dispatch staff is available by phone between 7 am and 6 pm Monday – Friday. (802)388-2287

  • Fare-Free Zone (FFZ)

    All TVT bus routes allow for fare-free rides within the defined Fare-Free Zones (FFZ):
    BRISTOL – Villa Rd@Route 17 to the East, Hewitt Rd to the South, Shaws Plaza to the West and Bristol Works on Munsill Ave to the North.
    MIDDLEBURY – The footprint of the Middlebury Shuttle route, plus Bridge School on Exchange Street to the North and Lindale Circle on Route 116 to the East.
    VERGENNES – Aubuchon Hardware on Monkton Rd to the North, New Haven Rd@Route 7 to the South and Collins Aerospace on Panton Rd to the West.

  • Purchasing Passes

    10-Ride and Monthly Passes are available from:

    Bus Drivers: Exact change or a check required
    In-person: Community Transportation Center, 297 Creek Rd, Middlebury; Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

    Downtown Transit Center (116 Commuter and weekday Burlington LINK); Mon–Fri: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

    (RC only) 158 Spruce St, Rutland; Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Token Program

    TVT partners with local Human Service Agencies to provide tokens for riders in lieu of fares. TVT (ACTR) tokens are accepted for one-way trips on all TVT bus routes and the MVRTD Rutland Connector. GMT buses do not accept tokens. To determine eligibility for the token program, contact a Human Service Agency or call 211 to learn more about community resources.