RUTLAND - For commuters using the one-year-old Route 103 Connection Commuter Bus, the news was very good this week: the bus is alive and well and began its second year of service between Rutland, Ludlow, and Bellows Falls Nov. 1.
Started in October 2008, the bus service is a collaborative effort between Marble Valley Regional Transit District (The Bus) and Connecticut River Transit (operating as The Current) of Rockingham, Vermont.
The route operates four times daily (weekdays), providing scheduled service between Rutland and Ludlow with a connection to Connecticut River Transit's route operating between Ludlow and Bellows Falls. Additional weekend service for the Rutland-Ludlow portion of the route will commence on Thanksgiving Day and run through Easter Sunday. The requested one-way fare is $3.
The Route 103 Connection travels Vermont Route 103 picking up and discharging passengers in Rutland, North Clarendon, East Wallingford, Belmont, Mount Holly, and Ludlow with a local connection to Connecticut River Transit's commuter bus from Ludlow into North Springfield, Springfield, and Bellows Falls.
The route, funded by the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation, entered year two of a three-year taxpayer funded grant. Eighty percent of the funding is with federal and state taxpayer dollars, with 20 percent required local match solicited from businesses and communities that benefit from the operation of the service.
For information on routes and other services operating by Marble Valley Regional Transit District, call 773-3244, ext. 117 or visit www.thebus.com. For information on routes or other services operated by Connecticut River Transit, call 460-7433 or visit www.crtransit.org.