Bus Ridership Climbs Sharply
JOSHUA SABATINI

Bus Ridership Climbs Sharply

Vineyard Transit Authority Puts Number of Passengers on Bus Routes at Roughly 400,000 For July and August Alone

By JOSHUA SABATINI

The Martha's Vineyard Regional Transit Authority carried close to 400,000 people in the fiscal year from July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001. Transit authority administrator Angie Gompert said she estimates 200,000 people were served this July and another 200,000 in August.

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Buses Offer Public Expanded Service
MANDY LOCKE

Summer of Public Transit
By MANDY LOCKE

The Vineyard Transit Authority is dedicated to making it easy to leave the car at home and ride the bus through the busy summer season.

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West Tisbury Resolves Bus Controversy; Up-Island Cronig's Market Acts as Depot
Chris Burrell
Just a few weeks ago, Vineyard transit officials decided the North Tisbury business district would be the perfect place to relocate their bus transfer hub and put an end to all those complaints about buses ruining the historic character of West Tisbury village. All they needed was a good-sized patch of blacktop in the business district.
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Transit System Prepares for New Season; Authority Plans Adjustment to Routes
JONATHAN BURKE

Transit System Prepares for New Season; Authority Plans Adjustment to Routes

By JONATHAN BURKE

Vineyard Transit Authority is on the verge of a new summer season, and still sorting out problems associated with its new fare boxes.

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Schools Give Bus Work to VTA, Florida Firm
Chris Burrell
After nearly three weeks of turmoil and back-and-forth accusations, Vineyard school leaders officially severed ties with their school bus contractor, Island Transport, and have crafted a deal to hire the Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) and a Florida company to run the school buses in time for the opening of the school year next month.
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Transit Authority Scrambles, Fills Summer Workforce Needs
MANDY LOCKE

Transit Authority Scrambles, Fills Summer Workforce Needs

By MANDY LOCKE

Six weeks ago, Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) administrators worried they'd be forced to leave some bus riders stranded on the side of the road this summer.

Now, on the eve of the summer season, VTA officials say they have found enough drivers to meet summer demands.

Last month, the public bus system faced a 30 per cent hole in its summer workforce - the result of a decision by federal immigration officials to enforce a limit on temporary visas (H2Bs) for foreign wor

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Islanders Choose to Take the Bus
Jim Hickey

With gas prices on the Vineyard hovering above $4.50 a gallon for regular and almost $5 a gallon for premium — some of the highest fuel costs in the nation — more Islanders are leaving their cars at home and taking the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority busses.

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Confronting the Pump

Confronting the Pump

On Thursday, the Vineyard Transit Authority will mark nationwide Dump the Pump Day — an annual occasion that calls on people to use public transportation to save money, conserve gasoline and reduce greenhouse gases — by cutting its already bargain fares in half and holding a party at the youth hostel in West Tisbury.

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Traffic Headaches Persist on Vineyard Roads
Jim Hickey

The automobile has long been an integral part of American life; there are 40 million more registered motor vehicles in this country than licensed drivers.

Yet on Vineyard sidewalks and bike paths this week, people cruised along on bicycles with no worries about traffic and congestion. The parking lots for the Tisbury and Edgartown park and ride programs were jammed full, while bus stops for the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority were packed with people waiting to be picked up at all hours of the day.

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More Than a Million Ride Vineyard Buses This Year

Richard Doyle of the Federal Transit Administration recently presented the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority with the FTA Region 1 Thinking Outside the Bus 2008 Milestone Achievement Award. The VTA reached the milestone of carrying over one million passengers (1,031,197) for the first time in its history during fiscal year 2008.

VTA passengers have kept it going into the new fiscal year, climbing aboard 261,735 times in July, a new record for the month. The Island’s busiest August week may be a good chance to try riding instead of driving.

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