VTA Drivers Petition to Limit Crowding on Buses
Will Sennott
Concerned about crowding on buses, Vineyard Transit Authority drivers presented the VTA advisory board with a petition last week asking for better safety protocols.
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Study Finds Electric Bus Charging Station Would Not Add to Congestion
Noah Asimow
A traffic study on the Vineyard Transit Authority’s plan to use the Church Street transit hub in Edgartown as a charging station for electric buses found that the new station would not increase congestion at the site.
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VTA Will Reduce Schedule for Summer
Will Sennott
The Vineyard Transit Authority will maintain reduced service through the summer, VTA administrator Angie told the advisory board late last week.
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Tisbury Requires Face Masks on Public Buses, Mulls Same for SSA
Louisa Hufstader
Both riders and drivers aboard Vineyard Transit Authority buses in Tisbury will be required to wear face coverings, following a vote by the town board of health Tuesday.
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Reduced Ferry Schedule Goes Into Effect
Noah Asimow
Six regularly scheduled ferry runs have been cut effective Sunday, as traffic to the Island begins to decline. Other transit agencies are taking steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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Selectmen Send VTA Plan to Commission
Will Sennott
Edgartown selectmen voted Tuesday to refer the Vineyard Transit Authority’s redesigned bus terminal at Church street to the Martha’s Vineyard Commission.
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Selectmen Will Hold Hearing on Plan for Church Street Bus Terminal
Noah Asimow
Edgartown selectmen will hold a public hearing next week on the VTA’s planned charging station project at the Church Street bus terminal.
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Hospital Airs Plan for Edgartown Nursing Home
Noah Asimow
Leaders from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital came before the Edgartown selectmen Monday to update the board on their substantial building project.
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High School, SSA Win Grants for Electric Buses

A settlement between the federal government and Volkswagen will send $1 million in grants to the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and the Steamship Authority to buy electric buses.

Part of $7.5 million in grants announced by the Baker administration just before Christmas, the two grants will provide $500,000 for the SSA to build a charging station and buy two electric shuttle buses servicing their Falmouth route. The high school grant of $500,000 will be used to buy two electric school buses.

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VTA to Remove Shade Trees at Edgartown Bus Terminal
Noah Asimow
Edgartown selectmen said this week that the transit authority would have to keep a large linden tree that provides cover over a portion of the property.
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