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Vermont official warns U.S. Senate panel: Don’t let transportation funding run out

Testifying at the invitation of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Vermont Agency of Transportation Deputy Secretary Sue Minter warned a Senate panel today that a looming shortfall in federal transportation funding could put people out of work in Vermont and “tip the balance of our fragile economic recovery.”

ACTR to assume management of Stagecoach

Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) was recently asked by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to provide management services for Stagecoach Transportation Services Inc. (Stagecoach) based in Randolph, VT.

Transportation Board schedules six public hearings

The Vermont Transportation Board this fall will hold six public hearings at various locations around the state for the purpose of gathering public comment about transportation-related issues that face the State of Vermont.

Archaeological Discoveries on the Missisquoi Delta: Linking the Past to the Present

In celebration of Vermont Archaeology Month in September, the Northeast Archaeology Research Center and the Vermont Agency of Transportation welcomes all to events at the Route 78 Archaeology Project in Swanton, Vermont.

Facing climate change: How green are we?

Floodwaters from Irene tore away sections of roadway on Route 100. such as this section in Lower Granville. VTD/Josh Larkin

Vermont’s annual carbon emissions are 4 percent more than the state’s 1990 levels, a far cry from the state’s goal of 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

Shumlin-brokered compromise transportation package breezes by House and Senate in same day

Agency of Transportation worker

Once the governor signs the bill, the new tax will go into effect by May 1.

Senate backs gas and diesel tax hike, calling it necessary evil

Sen. Richard Mazza, D-Chittenden-Grand Isle, chairs the Senate Transportation Committee. Photo by Roger Crowley

In a 23-5 vote, Vermont Senate approves 7.5 cent per gallon tax on gas Friday; tax set to take effect on May 1.

Margolis: “Prius Tax,” rebuffed in the House, has support in the Senate

Sen. Richard Mazza, D-Chittenden-Grand Isle, chairs the Senate Transportation Committee. Photo by Roger Crowley

Sen. Richard Mazza, the Democrat who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, also said he was “interested in it, because we have to be interested in it.”

Lawmakers look to phase in gas sales tax

Rep. Patrick Brennan, R-Colchester

Under the proposal, there would be a new 2 percent gas sales tax in June 2013, with no decrease in the excise per gallon tax. Then, in 2014, the sales tax would rise to 4 percent, just as there is a 6 cent reduction in the excise tax.

Shumlin administration challenges Legislature to devise alternative to gas sales tax

Rep. Patrick Brennan, R-Colchester

Retailers say gas tax will hurt businesses and send more drivers to New Hampshire for fuel.

VTrans transportation forum is Feb. 25 in Rutland

The Vermont Agency of Transportation and Rutland Regional Planning Commission invite you to attend a forum on transportation. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Sue Minter will be leading a public meeting to gather feedback on the agency’s strategic goals, priorities and performance.

$8.6 million state office modernization at National Life building gets mixed reviews

Gov. Peter Shumlin, right, speaks to an Agency of Natural Resources employee last week. Photo by Alicia Freese

The state spiffed up all 180,000 square feet of the space it leases from insurance company based in Montpelier.

Transportation funding gap widens as gas tax revenues weaken

Secretary of Transportation Brian Searles speaking before members of the Vermont House and Senate on Wednesday. VTD/Josh Larkin

This year alone Vermont will see a roughly $30 million gap in state transportation revenues.

State transportation budget faces $250 million annual funding shortfall

Secretary of Transportation Brian Searles speaking before members of the Vermont House and Senate on Wednesday. VTD/Josh Larkin

“For the state to solve this problem [alone], we’d have to more than double what Vermonters are currently paying through a variety of sources – taxes and fees – to fund the transportation system. That’s simply not realistic,” Searles said.

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