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CCTA Announces New Route through Colchester

Starting Monday, June 16th, instead of CCTA buses going on Interstate 89 to get back and forth between Burlington and Milton, the buses will take Route 7 through Colchester.
COLCHESTER, VT- If you live or work in Colchester, you'll have another option besides a car to get around.

That's because CCTA will offer service along Route 7.

A spokesperson for CCTA said the Town of Colchester has been wanting bus service along Route 7 for quite some time, and now it's going to happen.

Starting Monday, June 16th, instead of CCTA buses going on Interstate 89 to get back and forth between Burlington and Milton, the buses will take Route 7 through Colchester.

Rachel Bilodeau co-owns a dance studio in the Creek Farm Plaza, where passengers can soon park and get on a bus.

She said a bus stop will benefit 'business.'

"We want people that want to be able to dance to have the opportunity to be able to dance, and some people might not have a car to get here,"said Rachel Bilodeau.

Severance Corners Resident Pete Akey likes the change too because of conveinence, "I'm excited because I can go downtown which I love to eat and drink down there to the resturants and not have to drive, and my kids like to as well to take a bus ride, it's fun for them."

The three main stops will be at the top of Water Tower Hill, Severance Corners, and Creek Farm Plaza.

Meredith Birkett, the CCTA Director of Service Development says the realignment makes sense because Route 7 is heavily traveled, "We're adding new areas that people couldn't previously get to on transit to our service area so we think we'll draw new customers in."

The bus will depart the same time it currently does in the morning, however, passengers should be prepared for a longer commute.

"It probably will add 10 minutes to that one way trip, around that maybe a little bit less or more depending on the day," said Birkett.

The additional stops will cost it $28,000 dollars more a year, but it hopes the new route will draw new passengers, like Pete Akey, "So much more conveinent and I also ride a bike, and I can also put my bike on the bus if I don't feel like riding back."

"We're hoping it'll bring more people to the plaza, we're trying to 'livin' it back up, and I think we're on our way there," said Bilodeau.

CCTA is planning to kick off the new service Monday morning at the Creek Farm Plaza by welcoming the first bus.

There is a parking lot available at the plaza for people who live in the area, in case you need to drive there and get on the bus.
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