VTA Moves Forward with Electric Bus Plans

The Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority is moving forward with plans to go electric, with an order placed for four battery all-electric buses.

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Transit Authority Unveils Plan to Go Electric
Steve Myrick
The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) is moving full-speed ahead to transform its bus fleet to electric battery-powered buses, administrator Angela Grant told the Edgartown selectmen Monday.
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VTA Union Contract Stuck in Slow Lane
Steve Myrick
Talks may begin again soon for bus drivers with the Vineyard Transit Authority after a National Labor Relations Board ruling last year.
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In Close Vote, VTA Says No to Unionization
Alex Elvin
A narrow majority of Vineyard Transit Authority workers have voted not to join the Amalgamated Transit Union. The final vote, cast by secret ballot, was 21 to 18. VTA employees may again seek membership in the ATU in one year.
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VTA Workers to Vote Wednesday on Unionization
Alex Elvin

Citing a long list of concerns that have gone mostly unanswered, Vineyard Transit Authority workers will vote Wednesday on whether to join the Amalgamated Transit Union, a large labor union that represents workers in the United States and Canada.

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VTA Implements Fare Changes
Riding Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority buses will cost slightly more in the new year.
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Praise for VTA Drivers
Yes, it was a record summer for the VTA. The article in the Gazette did not tell of the very courteous and patient drivers all summer!
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Record Summer for Vineyard Transit Authority
Olivia Hull

It was a busy and profitable year for summer traffic to the Island by ferry and by air.

But the big transportation success story of the summer is the Vineyard Transit Authority which set ridership records in July and August.

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Rules Shift Along Edgartown VTA Route
Olivia Hull
Beginning March 1, Vineyard Transit Authority route 1 buses traveling in Edgartown will stop only at designated bus stops. Riders on that route will no longer be encouraged to flag down the bus between stops.
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VTA Fare Increases Begin This Month
Olivia Hull
Rising service costs have prompted modest increases to passenger fares, the last of which were approved last week by the advisory board for the Island public transit system. Phased-in fare hikes will continue through 2018.
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