Thinking Multimodally

Work has finally begun in Montpelier on a new Transportation Center. All signs are pointing towards an important addition to the Montpelier landscape. The Multi Modal Transit and Visitor Center is going to be walking and biking-distance from most amenities and many places of work in Montpelier. It will also be accessible by a number of…

Passenger Rail in Vermont

Today in Vermont passenger rail service is provided by the Ethan Allen Express, which leaves from New York City to Albany and eventually to Rutland, and the Vermonter, which also leaves from New York City and passes through Hartford, CT and eventually makes 9 stops in Vermont moving northward, ending in St. Albans. Since 2014, VTrans has…

A Look at the Burlington Ballot

On election day 2016 Burlington voted on six questions, three of which we look into below. #3 Zoning Regulation Ballot Question YES 8993 53.91% NO 7689 46.09% We’re happy to see this has passed! This municipal bylaw amendment encourages mixed-use development patterns which limit the demand for parking and unnecessary automobile trips while also supporting…

Welcome, Gov. Phil Scott

Here at Sustainable Transportation Vermont we want to congratulate Governor-elect Phil Scott on his recent election victory. Governor-elect Scott clearly knows a great deal about Vermont’s transportation system from his years in the Legislature and in Vermont. The Governor-Elect is also an avid recreational cyclist so has experienced many of Vermont’s roads first hand as a biker.…

Update: Stowe Roundabout

Roundabouts slow traffic, reduce intersection accidents and prevent auto-pollution in the starting and stopping of engines while improving the safety of pedestrian and cyclist travel (depending on the design). Vermont was slow to embrace roundabouts and obstacles remain. For example, for over a year now Stowe planners and CLD consulting engineers have gone back-and-forth on a…

DPW Recommends Removal of Protected Bike Lanes

The North Ave Pilot Project saw its first check-in this past Monday at the City Council meeting in City Hall. The biggest disappointment, by far, was the removal of the protected bike lanes. The survey results are said to have determined them a failure, but were they? These results, which I analyzed (optimistically) here, showed that…