VTrans Funds Three New or Expanded Public Transit RoutesMONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has announced that it will grant three public transit providers a total of $350,000 so that they can fund new or expand popular public transit routes.The funding will establish new bus routes along Route 103 as well as Interstate 91. Expansion of an existing bus route will occur along Interstate 89. Many of the routes include stops at Park and Rides so commuters can easily access the service.”Improving Vermont’s public transportation system is one of our priorities,” said VTrans Secretary David Dill “These new routes are an important step in helping Vermonters not only maintain their independence but also save money as they can now use a bus to get to work, the hospital and even one of Vermont’s signature ski areas.”New or expanded routes include:* Expansion of the I-89er through Stagecoach Transportation Services. The increased service will reduce headways (bus wait time) from one hour to 30 minutes. In addition, the expansion will double the seating capacity on this very popular route, which begins in Randolph Center and travels south along Interstate 89 with stops at park & rides in both Randolph and Sharon on its way to Bethel, White River Junction and finally into Lebanon, NH. The service will include stops at the VA Hospital in White River as well as both Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.* New service along Route 103 from Rutland through Ludlow to Bellows Falls and Springfield. This route will serve Okemo Mountain Resort on weekends during ski season. Service will be provided by a joint effort from Marble Valley Regional Transit District and Connecticut River Transit.* New service along I-91 from St. Johnsbury to White River Junction and then onto Lebanon, NH. Stopping at designated park and rides along the way as well as Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Service will be provided by Rural Community Transportation.When new service will begin, as well as exact bus schedules, are still being developed. Travelers should go to connectingcommuters.org for links to each public transit service provider who can provide more detail.
Cheerful facemasks are helping to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in Bulgaria thanks to a small company in the capital Sofia.The masks are printed with owls, dinosaurs, llamas and monkeys and will soon find their way to hundreds of doctors and policemen who are struggling to get their hands on the protective gear. They’re being made by the Angel Baby company, which normally produces sleeping bags for infants and is known for its social responsibility campaigns. “The idea came to us spontaneously as we got calls from friends asking us to sew them masks,” co-owner Desislava Yankova told AFP.”We stopped our usual production of baby sleeping bags for a week and we hope to be able to make about 3,000 masks to send to hospitals and police stations around the country,” she added.Angel Baby’s previous campaigns have included the “Sleeping bag on a mission” — for every baby sleeping bag sold they donated one to a maternity ward, with more than 6,000 bags given away so far.They are also giving away the masks for free but warning users that they have not been medically certified, so must be washed daily and ironed at high temperatures.The company says that the masks given to police and doctors are not intended for use by those in direct contact with coronavirus patients but for others who deal with large numbers of people on a daily basis. Topics :