Thanks to aggressive expansion, low ridership on some routes, and low-carbon investments, Green Mountain Transit has a $1 million deficit. Cut routes? Raise fares? Ask Montpelier and Washington for more money?
"Chittenden also told the council that GMT and the Statehouse are discussing more sustainable funding methods as employed by other states. One example may be to re-examine car registration fees, he said. Right now, Tim Ashe as well as Curt McCormack are intrigued by the notion of fare-free, because we should see ridership increase.” Ride fares account for about $2.2 million annually, or 10% of GMT’s $22 million budget. Chittenden said the move to fare-free isn’t unheard of, but he wondered where the money would come from.."
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