News and Updates

Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment

Advance Transit, Inc. gives notice that pursuant to 49 U.S.C. Section 5311, Non-Urbanized Transportation Program, Preventative Maintenance Program, Rural Technical Assistance Program and Marketing, and the Vermont State Operating Assistance Program, the opportunity is offered for public comment on a proposed Public Transit Program in the Towns of Canaan, Enfield, Hanover and City of Lebanon in New Hampshire and the Towns of Hartford and Norwich in Vermont.

Said project consists of continuation of the existing public transportation services provided within these municipalities by Advance Transit during state fiscal year 2025.

Written comments should be submitted to Adams Carroll, Executive Director, Advance Transit, Inc., P.O. Box 1027, Wilder, Vermont 05088. Comments must be received by May 3, 2024.

Around Town: Local events, March 15-16

Make the most of your weekend with these upcoming events in the Upper Valley, all easily reachable via AT buses.


A Little Lunch Music: Julie Ness and Friends
πŸ“… Friday Mar 15, 12:00- 1:00 PM EDT
πŸ“ Upper Valley Music Center (8 South Park Street, Lebanon)
🚌 Take the Blue or Red bus

Enjoy this free concert, featuring a fusion of classical, Americana, and bluegrass music.


Opera Action Figures Premiere Screening & Artist Reception
πŸ“… Friday, March 15, 5:30PM-6:30PM
πŸ“ JAM (5 South Main Street, White River Junction)
🚌 Take the Orange or Yellow bus

Thetford-based twin sisters, Amy and Terry Lawrence create stop motion animations that bring well known operas, musicals, and songs to life with humor and thrift.


Karaoke Pajama Party
πŸ“… Friday, March 15, 6:00PM-8:00PM
πŸ“ Spark! Community Center (59 Hanover St, Lebanon)
🚌 Take the Blue or Red bus

Jam out in your jammies and enjoy breakfast for dinner!


Story Time
πŸ“… Saturday, March 16, 10:00-11:00 AM
πŸ“ Still North Books (3 Allen St, Hanover)
🚌 Take the Saturday Blue-Red or Saturday Green bus

Gather round to listen to picture books on the March theme of St. Patrick’s Day.


Shamrock Shuffle 5K in Lebanon, NH
πŸ“… Saturday, March 16, 11am-4pm
πŸ“ Lebanon Opera House & Colburn Park (Lebanon)
🚌 Take the Saturday Blue-Red bus

Join in the race to help benefit park development & enhancements, special projects, and adult & youth programs.


Maker Drop-In
πŸ“… Saturday, March 16, 1-4pm
πŸ“ Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth (6 East Wheelock St., Hanover)
🚌 Take the Saturday Blue-Red or Saturday Green bus

Get creative with a a self-guided artmaking activity. Materials provided and open for all ages.


Don’t miss out on these fantastic events! Visit the planning organization’s website for more details.

Around Town: Local Events, Mar 7-9

Looking for a convenient way to get to some exciting spots around the Upper Valley? Hop on board Advance Transit and make your way to these events!

UVYP Short Story Club
πŸ“… Thursday, March 7, 6:00-8:00 PM
πŸ“ Putnam’s vine/yard (White River Junction, VT)
🚌 Take the Orange bus
Join the Upper Valley Young Professionals for a short story club every other Thursday, without the pressure of reading an entire book!


Family Dance at CCBA
πŸ“… Friday, March 8, 6:00PM-7:30PM
πŸ“ CCBA (Lebanon, NH)
🚌 Take the Blue or Red bus
Grab your tickets at the door and get ready for another fun annual Family Dance with awesome music and delicious refreshments.


Advance Transit City Bus Driver Info Session
πŸ“… Saturday, March 9, 8:00-10:00 AM
πŸ“ Advance Transit Operations Center (120 Billings Farm Road, White River Junction)
🚌 Take the Green bus
Discover the exciting opportunities of becoming a City Bus Driver with Advance Transit at the upcoming Driver Information Session!


UVMC Faculty Showcase Concert
πŸ“… Saturday, March 9, 4:00-6:00 PM
πŸ“ First Congregational Church of Lebanon (10 South Park Street)
🚌 Take the Saturday Blue-Red bus
Upper Valley Music Center’s talented faculty donate their performances to support UVMC’s Tuition Assistance Program, helping make music education accessible to the community. The concert program includes diverse selections, including classical, traditional tunes, and original songs.


Astronomy Day
πŸ“… Saturday, March 9, 10am-5pm
πŸ“ Montshire Museum of Science (1 Montshire Road,Norwich)
🚌 Take the Green bus
Enjoy astronomical arts and crafts, hands-on space demonstrations, and lightning talks featuring Dartmouth physicists. Meet face-to-face with astronomers to learn more about them and their research.

Around Town: Local Events, Feb 29 to Mar 2

Looking for some excitement this week? Hop on board Advance Transit’s expanded free bus service and join in on the fun at these evening and Saturday events!


Ukulele Jam
πŸ“… Thursday, February 29, 5:30-6:30 PM
πŸ“ Kilton Library (80 Main Street, West Lebanon)
🚌 Take the Green, Orange, Red, or Yellow bus

Bring your instrument and join the musical fun with Upper Valley Music Center and Lebanon Libraries! All ages and styles welcome. Limited ukuleles available to try out!


Vermont Female Farmers Photo Exhibit Opening Reception
πŸ“… Thursday, February 29, 4:00-6:00 PM
πŸ“ King Arthur Baking (135 US Route 5 South, Norwich)
🚌 Take the Green bus

Meet the photographer, JuanCarlos GonzΓ‘lez, and explore inspiring photos of Vermont female farmers. Light refreshments provided.


Hot Plates, Hot Topics: Samantha Davidson Green & JAM
πŸ“… Thursday, February 29, 12:00-2:00 PM
πŸ“ Salt Hill Pub (2 W. Park St., Lebanon)
🚌 Take the Blue or Red bus

Join the conversation about media arts and community building with JAM Executive Director Samantha Davidson Green. Register at osher.dartmouth.edu!


Coffee & Connections at UVBA
πŸ“… Friday, March 1, 8:00-9:30 AM
πŸ“ Upper Valley Business Alliance office (AB Gile Insurance Building, 377 N Main Street, West Lebanon)
🚌 Take the Orange or Yellow bus

Start your month networking and sharing leads at UVBA’s Coffee & Connections event.


After Hours Family Art Night
πŸ“… Friday, March 1, 6:00-7:00 PM
πŸ“ The Howe Library (13 South St, Hanover)
🚌 Take the Blue, Green, Orange, or Downtown Shuttle

Register for a creative evening for the whole family! Art materials provided, plus snacks.


Free Fitness Expo
πŸ“… Saturday, March 2, 9:15-11:30 AM
πŸ“ Hanover Parks and Recreation (48 Lebanon St, Hanover)
🚌 Take the Saturday Blue-Red bus

Try out group exercise classes, win prizes, and enjoy light refreshments at this FREE Fitness Expo!


Get to these events hassle-free with Advance Transit’s expanded free bus service. Visit the organizers’ websites for details.

Around Town: Local events, February 22-24

Looking for a hassle-free way to get to this weekend’s exciting events in the Upper Valley? Hop on board the bus and leave the driving to us! Check out these awesome happenings and the convenient bus routes to get you there.


Osher at Dartmouth Session: “Layered Histories: Indigenous Australian Art”
πŸ“… Thursday, February 22
πŸ•’ 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
πŸ“ The Hood Museum
🚌 Take the Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, or Downtown Shuttle

Dive into the rich world of indigenous Australian art with Jeanne Shafer at the Hood Museum. Discover the intricate stories behind the patterned acrylics and unravel the layers of creation myths, historical events, and daily life depicted by these talented artists.


Visions for Creative Housing Solutions Annual Meeting
πŸ“… Thursday, February 22
πŸ•’ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
πŸ“ Richard W. Black Community Center
🚌 Take the Blue or Downtown Shuttle

Celebrate the organization’s accomplishments of 2023 and learn about exciting plans for Visions’ 10th Anniversary in 2024. Be a part of shaping the future of creative housing solutions in our community.


Cuban Dance Social
πŸ“… Friday, February 23
πŸ•’ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Intro class from 7:00-7:45 PM)
πŸ“ Our Savior Lutheran Church
🚌 Take the Blue or Downtown Shuttle

Get your groove on at this Cuban dance social! No experience or partner needed – join in for an introductory rueda de casino class followed by a night of fun and dancing. Cover charge, including the lesson, is only $5.


Beneficial, Medicinal, and Natives Seminar
πŸ“… Saturday, February 24
πŸ•’ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
πŸ“ Gardener’s Supply, Lebanon, NH
🚌 Take the Saturday Blue-Red

Explore the world of beneficial, medicinal, and native plant species at this seminar. Learn about native perennials and how they can be harvested for various uses. Perfect for gardening enthusiasts and nature lovers alike!


Coop Game Day at The Fourth Place
πŸ“… Saturday, February 24
πŸ•’ 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
πŸ“ The Fourth Place
🚌 Take the Saturday Blue+Red or Saturday Green

Join an afternoon of cooperative gaming fun! Whether you’re a seasoned gamer or just starting out, there’s something for everyone. Dive into big games like Skyrim, Nemesis, Mansions of Madness, and more!


Save money, reduce stress, and do your part for the environment by choosing public transportation. Don’t miss out on the fun – let the bus take you there!

Around Town: Local events, February 15-17

Ready to seize the weekend in the Upper Valley? Get to these fantastic events by hopping on an Advance Transit bus, now with evening and Saturday service!

White River Indie Film Festival at Briggs Opera House
Hop on the Orange, Yellow, or Saturday Orange bus to the White River Indie Film Festival at Briggs Opera House, presented by JAM – Junction Arts & Media! From February 15 to 18, immerse yourself in the captivating world of independent cinema, showcasing the best of global and local talent.

Howe Library Thursday Drop-in Tech Help
Take the Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, or Downtown Shuttle to the Howe Library Thursday Drop-in Tech Help. Running through February 29 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, experts are ready to lend a hand on a first-come, first-served basis. No registration required!

Fourth Place’s Manga Book Club
Catch the Saturday Blue+Red or Saturday Green route to the Fourth Place’s Manga Book Club, happening this Saturday, February 17, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Dive into discussions about your favorite manga titles and enjoy special perks like 20% off on next month’s book for club members!

Get ready for a weekend filled with entertainment, learning, and fun! See you on board!

PRESS RELEASE: Advance Transit Voted Community Business of the Year by Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce

Press Release
For Immediate Release
February 7, 2024

Advance Transit (AT), the free public transit service in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, has been named the 2023 Community Business of the Year by Vermont’s Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce (HACC). The nonprofit transit agency received this award on Wednesday,
January 31, 2024, at the HACC’s Annual Meeting and Breakfast.

This prestigious honor serves as a tribute to the transit agency’s unwavering commitment to providing fare-free transportation services and fostering a positive impact on the local community. HACC recognized the organization’s 40 years of service to the community, which includes offering over 20 years of fare-free transit that expands access, increases mobility options, and empowers community members. It also noted AT’s recent service expansion, now providing bus service on evenings and Saturdays, as well as its contributions to economic growth, community engagement, and dedication to sustainability.

AT has played a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life in the Hartford community by providing safe, reliable, and efficient transportation services. The organization’s focus on access and sustainability is evident in its efforts to expand service options, reduce its carbon footprint, and contribute to a greener, more environmentally conscious community.

“This award is a testament to the collaborative spirit of the Upper Valley,” said Adams Carroll, Executive Director at Advance Transit. β€œThe combined support of the business community, multiple governments, major institutions, foundations, and even individuals is what fuels Advance Transit’s success. The state lines and municipal boundaries that our buses cross are not viewed as borders, but opportunities for strengthening connections and communities. We’re proud of the role that we play in addressing regional transportation issues, and we’re very grateful for this recognition from the Chamber.”

AT joins the ranks of past Community Business of the Year Award honorees, which include VINS and Northern Stage. This accolade highlights the collaborative efforts of businesses and community members working together to create a thriving and sustainable local economy.

For more information, contact Trish Palao, Director of Marketing and Development, at tpalao@advancetransit.com or (802) 295-1824.

Around Town: Local events February 9-10

Looking for a fun-filled weekend in the Upper Valley? Hop on board Advance Transit and head to these exciting local events!

Take the Blue, Red, or Saturday Blue+Red routes to AVA Gallery and Art Center for their 16th Annual High School Exhibition. Marvel at the talent of regional high school students nominated by their art teachers. It’s a showcase you won’t want to miss!

Need some relaxation after a long week? Hop on the Orange or Yellow routes to Putnam’s vine/yard for their Friday meet-up events. Join the New Parents Group at 2-3pm for a cozy chat over tea, coffee, or beer. Later, unwind with the Sip-N-Study Group from 4-5pm in a welcoming atmosphere perfect for studying or connecting with fellow students.

Ready to mingle? Jump on the Saturday Blue+Red or Saturday Green routes to Sawtooth Kitchen, Bar and Stage for the Upper Valley Young Professionals Singles Party on Saturday, February 10, from 5-8pm. It’s open to all 20-40-year-olds living or working in the area!

For event details, visit the planning organization’s website. Hop aboard AT this weekend and don’t miss out on the fun!

Service Announcement: Advance Transit Bus Stop Changes

Please note the following bus stop and service changes:

Starting January 24th, AT will serve the Upper Valley Haven’s Food Shelf at their temporary location at 608 N Main Street.


The following bus stops will no longer be in service:

β€’ 23 Lyme Road (Stop #142)

β€’ 23 Lyme Road, Opp (Stop #150)

β€’ Summer Street (Stop #207)


We appreciate your understanding as we work to improve our services and address transportation needs in our community. Thank you for riding Advance Transit!