Advance Transit and Vital Communities Partner to Lead a Guided Trip Using Public Transit

Advance Transit Guided Quest

On Thursday, July 20, 2023, join Advance Transit (AT) and Vital Communities on a guided Valley Quest of Advance Transit’s Red Route bus service. Valley Quest, an initiative developed by Vital Communities, offers a library of 150+ free self-guided, citizen-created mini-tours of some of the Upper Valley’s beautiful and storied places. Guided Valley Quests provide the opportunity to experience the tour with additional insight from a guide.

This guided Valley Quest will begin at 1:30PM at Colburn Park in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where participants can catch the Red Route bus towards West Lebanon, New Hampshire. During that ride, participants can disembark for individual shopping at several plazas along the way. There will be a group stop at the Kilton Library in West Lebanon, where riders can learn about the Upper Valley E-Bike Lending Library. The group will return together to Colburn Park to enjoy music and food at the Lebanon Farmers Market.

Valley Quests are available for free and aim to connect individuals with the rich history, culture, and natural beauty that can be found in the Upper Valley area. Each year, Vital Communities also offers a Super Quest, a set of selected Quests and related activities that explore a theme. This year’s Super Quest is Ways to Go!, a dive into diverse ways to get around the Upper Valley: “feet,” “wheels,” “water,” and “public transit/carpool.” Participants will also learn about the growing number of bike paths, bus stops, EV charging stations, and other infrastructure that support various modes of transportation in the Upper Valley.

“This year’s Super Quest is a fun way to engage people in different modes of transportation,” said John Haffner, a Vital Communities Housing and Transportation Program Manager. “Participants will experience diverse ways of getting around the Upper Valley, learning first-hand the assets and challenges of biking, public transportation, and carpooling.”

Ways to Go! was developed in partnership with Advance Transit (AT), the regional public transit provider offering fare-free service to communities in the Upper Valley. “AT is excited to be a part of Super Quest this year and to collaborate on the guided Quest on our Red Route,” shared Trish Palao, Advance Transit’s Director of Marketing and Philanthropy. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the Upper Valley and learn about the wonderful resources and activities our region offers! We hope that participants will come away from this experience feeling confident about using different modes of travel – including our bus system – and with a greater sense of community.“

Registration is required to participate in this event. To register for this event, visit

For more information, contact Trish Palao, Director of Marketing and Philanthropy, at or (802) 295-1824.