BRATTLEBORO -- Connecticut River Transit will hold a public meeting Friday to talk about proposed changes in some bus routes and plans to limit the use of prepaid tokens.
CRT officials will hold the meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the Municipal Center.
Deerfield Valley Transit Authority has been managing CRT since September, and Deerfield Valley Transit General Manager Randy Schoonmaker came before the Selectboard Tuesday to talk about the changes.
CRT wants to change the Blue Line route from traveling on Moreland Avenue to traveling on South Main Street.
The bus company also wants to add a 2:37 p.m. weekday trip to SIT and a 2:11 p.m. weekday trip to Walmart.
CRT also plans to eliminate three trips to Walmart and Hinsdale on Saturday.
If the proposed plan is approved, CRT will eliminate the 7:50 a.m., 5:40 p.m. and 6 p.m. trip to Hinsdale and Walmart.
Schoonmaker also told the Selectboard Tuesday that the company wants to limit the use of prepaid tokens on all Brattleboro routes, though there is no increase in the $1 fare being proposed at this time.
He said the company will continue to make the tokens available to riders through state agencies, but he said the company wanted to stop sales to the public.
He said most of the tokens are not used by the public.
CRT sells tokens at a discount, but Schoonmaker said the company was looking to increase revenue.
Schoonmaker said CRT wants to provide more public outreach and marketing in the coming year, though he said funding was hard to come by and the company's federal and state grants have been decreasing.
He said CRT wants to print a new brochure and try to get to as many area residents as possible.
"We know it needs improvement," he said. "We hope to really beef up our marketing and make it much more user friendly."
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