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Green Mountain Transit offers free service during pandemic

A Green Mountain Transit bus leaves the Downtown Transit Center in Burlington last summer. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Green Mountain Transit is offering free bus service during the coronavirus pandemic and suspending some of its services, the agency announced Monday. 

GMT is operating fare free from now until at least April 1, according to a press release. 

“Limiting the interaction on-board our buses will help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 to other passengers and to our Transit Operators,” the company said. 

The agency has already canceled operation of its Capitol Shuttle for this week, and on Wednesday will suspend its Mad River Valley bus service and Neighborhood Special service in Chittenden County. 

The Stowe Mountain Road shuttle will be reduced to hourly from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Sunday, and is set to end on March 31, 2020, for the season. 

Interim GMT general manager Jon Moore said that GMT’s goal was to maintain service for passengers who need it most. 

“The goal is to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and GMT is putting strategies in place to sanitize buses and our facilities,” Moore said. “As a community, we all have a responsibility to take care of one another.”

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Aidan Quigley

About Aidan

Aidan Quigley is VTDigger's Burlington and Chittenden County reporter. He most recently was a business intern at the Dallas Morning News and has also interned for Newsweek, Politico, the Christian Science Monitor and the Republican-American newspaper in Waterbury, Connecticut. He is a 2018 graduate of Ithaca College, where he served as the editor-in-chief of The Ithacan, the student newspaper. He is a native of Trumbull, Connecticut.


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