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Mad Bus rides again

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12/02/2010

The Mad River Valley's seasonal bus service, the Mad Bus, will begin running again on December 4.

The Valley Floor route is operational between December 4 and March 20 with late season weekend service on March 26 and 27 and April 2 and 3. Saturday evening service runs most Saturdays from December 11 through March 26 (plus select holidays).

The Saturday evening service is a demand-response route that operates between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. The bus leaves Lincoln Peak every hour on the hour and covers the Access Road between Lincoln Peak and Route 100, Route 100 between Warren village and Waitsfield village, Route 17 between Route 100 and the Battleground as well as German Flats Road.

The Warren shuttle has daily service beginning December 4 through Sunday, March 20. In addition to scheduled stops between Warren and Sugarbush, stops and pickups may be requested.

The Mount Ellen route that connects Sugarbush North with Lincoln Peak begins daily service on December 17 until March 27. The Harwood Freerider bus that brings students from Harwood to Mount Ellen starts running on Mondays and Thursdays from December 13 until March 17.

The Mountain Condo route starts running on December 4 and finishes on March 30 with some late season weekend service. The route serves the Sugarbush condominiums; Dial-a-ride is available at the resorts from 11:45 a.m. until 5:50 p.m.

The Sugarbush Access Road route also runs from December 4 through March 20; the route covers the Sugarbush Access Road to Lincoln Peak between 11:45 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. The SnowCap Commuter charges passengers a fare to travel between towns and to the various ski areas; the Mad River Glen stop is by request only.

The Mad Bus is funded by a mix of local funds required to match federal and state funding. This year, GMTA representatives Tawnya Kristen and Meredith Birkett were present at the annual tri-town select board summit to make formal requests for funding from each of The Valley towns.

Warren's allocation is $943, Waitsfield's is $923 and Fayston's is $588. With the local funds they receive, GMTA is able to secure 80 percent matching federal funding.

For a full listing of routes, schedules and contact information, visit www.gmtaride.org. 

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