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SCHEDULE REDUCTION UPCOMING ON SOME OF OUR SERVICE

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Important Message from Advance Transit’s Executive Director Van Chesnut

 

We have heard in the news about the labor shortage this country is facing particularly in the transportation industry. For our drivers they must have Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B with the Passenger Endorsement. We have dealt with our own shortage of drivers with a very active hiring program and putting our supervisory personnel who are fully licensed behind the wheel of our buses. However, we have reached the point where to effectively train our newly hired personnel for their CDL exam and provide the necessary additional safety and route training we must reduce some our service for a temporary period during January and February. The reductions will be detailed on our website in the coming days and I will provide a brief summary here:

Effective Monday, Jan 3

  • Dartmouth Downtown shuttle frequency will change from a bus every 10 minutes to every 13 minutes. Mid-day service will suspend for half an hour from 2pm-2:30pm.

  • Mid-day suspension on the Brown route from 1:10pm – 1:55pm.

  • Mid-day suspension of the 12:25 departure from Vail on the Blue route to DHMC and the 12:45 departure from DHMC to Hanover. Riders can use instead the 12:40pm departure from Vail or the 1:00pm departure from DHMC.

Effective Monday, Jan 10

  • Additionally, we will reduce frequency on the Blue route between Hanover and DHMC to a bus every 30 minutes with the elimination of the departures from Vail that are at :25 and :55 minutes past the hour and the departures from DHMC that are at :15 and :45 minutes past the hour.

All other service continues and we are hopeful that normal service can return Feb 28. Please continue to review our website for any new messages.

Battery Assist Bicycles Prohibited on Buses

Due to overweight issues for our bicycle racks it is necessary for us to prohibit the transportation of battery equipped bicycles. We are working with the rack manufacturer to adapt necessary reinforcements to allow those bicycles to be transported. Unfortunately, those batteries are too much of a hazard to be disconnected and allowed on the bus.

Mask Use on Public Transit Buses is STILL MANDATORY FOR ALL USERS, VACCINATED OR NOT per US Transportation Security Administration.

May 13, 2021

ADVANCE TRANSIT, INC’S MANDATORY MASK POLICY FOR ALL RIDERS

Effective January 31st, 2021 and pursuant to Order under Section 261 of the public Health Service Act and Code 42 of Federal Regulations and pursuant to the US Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration security directive 1582/84-21-01, all riders on all public conveyances must wear facial coverings over their nose and mouth. The mask wearing requirement was recently lifted for vaccinated individuals but MASK WEARING BY ALL (INCLUDING THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN IMMUNIZED) is still required at airports, aboard commercial flights and on other public transportation including public transit. The CDC order implements President Biden’s Executive Order 13998, Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, “to save lives and allow all Americans, including the millions of people employed in the transportation industry, to travel and work safely.”

Exemptions to this requirement now require documentation that must be reviewed and approved by Advance Transit, Inc.’s management and be supported with information from a licensed medical provider. A rider seeking an exemption must ALSO provide evidence to Advance Transit of a recent (within the past 7 days) negative COVID-19 test result, or documentation of at least a first immunization against the COVID-19 virus, or documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

Please note: an exemption from the mask requirement rule continues to be allowed for children aged 2 and under. For more information you may call Advance Transit at (802) 295-1824 ext 203.

Please – bring and use your own face coverings. Thanks to community volunteers we do have some masks available on buses, but supplies are limited at this time.

Please – help us to stay safe so that we may continue to serve you.

THANK YOU for your cooperation and for respecting the health and safety of your drivers and fellow passengers!