MRVPD invests energy and resources toward creating and maintaining a “safe, environmentally friendly, efficient, and integrated transportation network” in the Mad River Valley (MRV Vision Statement).
We work to support both active and mechanized transportation that unites the four corners of the Mad River Valley, while providing access to and from other vibrant Vermont destinations. A diversity of transportation options - from walking to public transit - is an important component of a healthy, safe, and connected community. Further, the transportation sector accounts for over 44% of greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont, contributing additional urgency and timeliness to the work.
In this section:
- MRV Transportation Advisory Committee
- Community Transportation Resources
- MRVPD Transportation Initiatives & Partnerships
As an arm of the Mad River Valley Planning District, the MRV TAC provides a forum for the public to share and recommend planning improvements to the transportation system. It expands local decision-making and planning of transportation priorities, projects, and long-range plans to address transportation issues in the Mad River Valley.
The MRV TAC meets monthly at the General Wait House, 4061 Main Street, Waitsfield. Please check the MRVPD Calendar to confirm meeting time and location, or contact [email protected] or 802-496-7179. For more information, visit the MRV TAC page.
Community planning, advocacy and collaboration has led to several recent projects in the Mad River Valley that have increased village connectivity and safety. Waitsfield’s Village West Sidewalk project, due to be constructed summer 2021, will expand the village sidewalk, add two new crosswalks, and include bump outs for additional safety.
Following an October 2020 pedestrian tragedy in Waitsfield and increased usage of rural roads during the COVID-19 pandemic, pedestrian safety took on new urgency. In response to community feedback, Town of Waitsfield and MRVPD staff are working directly with the Vermont Dept. of Transportation (VTrans) to identify challenges and potential pedestrian safety improvements along Route 100.
For more information, see an update from the Town of Waitsfield here.
MRVPD worked with the Town, Local Motion, and VTrans to implement an in-street crosswalk signage pilot project at three locations for one month between June and July 2021. Presentation slides detailing the project results can be found here.