CRT sign management deal with DVTA


BELLOWS FALLS -- A local woman will serve as Connecticut River Transit's new general manager as part of a one-year management agreement negotiated between CRT and the Deerfield Valley Transit Association.

Rebecca Gagnon, a former DVTA operations manager who has administered the Brattleboro BeeLine for several years, will take her new position on Monday and serve as a sort of consultant to CRT, according to CRT Board President Ted Reeves.

The phone number listed for Gagnon in the phonebook was no longer in service and she was not at the DVTA office Friday afternoon.

The agreement, which Reeves said was signed in late August, calls for the DVTA to act as a management company to provide overall management services. The DVTA reports to the CRT's board of directors, which retains full control of the company. All routes and rides are expected to go uninterrupted and unaffected, even as CRT reviews the company from top to bottom.

Reeves said the management agreement came at the recommendation of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, which he said has worked closely with the CRT Board of Directors as the major grantee of state and federal funds.

According to a statement, the DVTA serves a six-town area in Windham County, from Wardsboro to the Massachusetts border. Nicknamed the MOOver because of its cow-spotted buses, it operates 16 routes and does 290,000 rides annually. It was started in 1996 and is the third largest provider of fixed route rides.

DVTA General Manager Randy Schoonmaker declined to comment on the management agreement when contacted Friday.

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