State of Vermont
Office of the Secretary of State [phone] 802-828-2363 James C. Condos, Secretary of State
128 State Street [fax] 802-828-2496 Christopher D. Winters, Deputy Secretary
Montpelier, VT 05633-1101 www.sec.state.vt.us
September 25, 2017
For immediate release
Contact: Eric Covey, 802-828-2148
Secretary of State Jim Condos Announces Fourth Biennial Statewide Transparency Tour
Montpelier, VT—Secretary of State Jim Condos is pleased to announce the start of his fourth biennial Transparency Tour. The tour will stop at 12 locations across the state to discuss transparency and open government, Vermont’s Public Records Act, and Open Meeting Law with municipal and state employees and citizens who serve on local government boards. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
“With trust in government at an all-time low, I believe that sunshine is the best disinfectant” said Secretary Condos. “Vermonters deserve openness and transparency in government. By educating municipal and state employees, elected officials, and engaged citizens on the requirements of government under Vermont’s Open Meeting Laws and the Public Records Act I hope to help government officials of all stripes better serve Vermonters.”
As a longtime proponent of open government and transparency Secretary Condos looks forward to engaging attendees in an informative discussion on the requirements of government officials, and the rights of Vermont citizens. Let the sun shine in!
All events will be held from 6-8pm. Dates and locations are as follows:
October 4th Montpelier Montpelier City Hall, City Council Chambers/Memorial Room, 29 Main Street
October 10th Rutland Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center, 66 Merchants Row
October 12th Brattleboro Brattleboro Town Hall, Selectboard Meeting Room, 230 Main Street
October 17th Springfield Springfield High School Cafeteria, 303 South Street
October 18th Winooski Winooski City Hall, 27 West Allen Street
October 24th Newport Goodrich Memorial Library, Assembly Room, 202 Main Street
November 1st Middlebury Ilsley Public Library, Community Room, 75 Main Street
November 2nd St. Albans St. Albans Town Hall, 579 Lake Road
November 7th St. Johnsbury St. Johnsbury Middle School Auditorium, 257 Western Avenue
November 14th White River Junction Hartford Town Hall, Room 2, 171 Bridge Street
Stowe and Bennington dates and locations will be announced shortly.
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Fourth Biennial Statewide Transparency Tour
State of Vermont
Brattleboro Bus Service Survey
As one of Brookline's Windham Regional Commissioners, I have received this information and thought I would share it with our town. As we all strive to reduce our transportation cost, I feel it is important to express our needs in regard to having opportunities for mass transportation here in our local area. Your input can, and will make a difference.
Brattleboro Route Study Survey
The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) Transportation Program is supporting The Current in their efforts to improve schedules and service level on their Brattleboro routes. The Current, which operates the Brattleboro bus system, is one of two divisions operated by Southeast Vermont Transit (SEVT). SEVT has been awarded a grant by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to work with consultant Stephen Falbel of Steadman Hill Consulting in Montpelier and the Windham Regional Commission to assist in the route re-design.
As part of this effort, SEVT is seeking public input so that the re-designed system will better serve the public and increase both ridership and service quality. The WRC is assisting the Current with implementation of a Rider and Non-Rider survey aimed to better understand where people want and need to go and at what times of day.
Surveys are available at the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce, the Brattleboro Public Library, The Coop's Shareholder Desk, and the Transportation Center. Rider surveys are also available on every bus. All surveys can be filled out online here at www.crtransit.org (on top ribbon navigate to " Community" and than select Bus Survey on the drop down menu)
All surveys must be completed by August 18, 2017.
The WRC continues to post informational materials with the survey link at a variety of local businesses in town. SEVT is also conducting employer, partner, and bus-driver interviews. The first of two rounds of public meetings will be held in late August or September.
A full description of the next steps in this process can be found at in the Current's Press Release which can be found at http://crtransit.org/news/.
SEVT CEO Randy Schoonmaker, wants to assure existing riders that "the core schedules will remain, so that you will continue to reach your jobs, shopping, and medical appointments. What we are trying to accomplish is to simplify the schedule, minimize transfers, reduce duplication, fill in gaps, and make the system more user friendly." Schoonmaker also said that fares will remain at $1 per ride.
The date for the first public meeting will be announced shortly.
For questions or comments contact:
Rebecca Gagnon General Manager, The Current Division of Southeast Vermont Transit, 802-460-7433 ext. 201 or e-mail email@example.com
Erica Roper Transportation Planner Windham Regional Commission at 802.257.4547 ext. 108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.