Public transit to receive $21 million in federal recovery $$ - Rutland Herald

The Vermont Agency of Transportation will distribute $21 million of federal money to help make up for losses incurred due to plunging ridership during the lockdown.

"I would say, two weeks ago at the peak of the ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe” period, we saw upwards of a 75% reduction in both transit ridership, as well as dial-a-ride demand, where non-essential services were not being afforded,” said MacDonald. There’s been small increases in ridership, but it varied greatly by region, he said. Hardest hit were commuter routes, as most of those people are taking private cars or working remotely. Some routes have been suspended for lack of ridership. Routes to and from hospitals and other areas with essential workers suffered less."



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