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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-496-7179. For more information, visit the MRV TAC page.
From "Wheels" to "Mad Bus"
In the early 1990s, the newly formed MRV TAC created a three-year pilot bus program with the goal of providing a Valley-wide and commuter bus system. In collaboration with MRVPD, Sugarbush and the MRV Chamber of Commerce, the MRV TAC crafted a Short Range Transit Plan that envisioned a cohesive, year-round Valley transit system.
The group sought grants with a funding structure comprised of 80% federal, 10% state, and 10% local match contributions. The MRV TAC was initially denied by the Vermont Legislature because the state felt that the money was primarily benefiting the ski areas. MRV TAC members testified before the VT Senate, ultimately leading to agreement that public transit was sorely needed and serviced the greater good rather than simply providing funds to the ski areas. With funding, the local group was able to procure buses, find a service provider, and begin providing fare-free transit known as “Wheels.”
Green Mountain Transit (GMT) assumed provision of transit in the MRV in 2003, converting the Wheels program to the “Mad Bus,” a fare-free seasonal shuttle service that covers the Valley Floor and Sugarbush Ski area. This service continues today under a new name, the Mad River Valley Bus Service.
See the latest MRV Bus Service Ridership Report by GMT here.