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Survey Says: Parking and Transportation in White River Junction Are…

Thank you to the more than 500 downtown White River Junction residents, employees, business owners, and visitors who took our survey about parking! We’ve learned much about your transportation and parking needs in this vibrant downtown. You can see full survey results here. Our findings include:

  • White River Junction has a lot going on! Of our 551 survey respondents, 60% enjoy the downtown’s restaurants, half work here, more than a third are Northern Stage patrons, and 40% go to other arts and cultural activities.
  • Nearly 20% of survey respondents said they feel unsafe parking in certain areas of downtown, mainly due to poor lighting. Good news: The town plans to upgrade street lighting near the courthouse, along South Main Street, and in the lot behind the former American Legion.
  • The town is investigating how to best reach residents about parking bans during snowstorms and other emergencies. Our work confirmed the vast majority (75%) would prefer a simple text message.

Didn’t take the survey but have something to say? Please e-mail us to share your opinions on how the town can manage parking and transportation options as development rapidly occurs in the historic downtown.

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Start a Vanpool in Woodstock!

Looking for a better way to get to work? If you have at least 5  people who share a similar commute and schedule, you can create a vanpool!

Vanpool groups in Vermont can use a van provided by Go! Vermont and their partner vRide. Each rider in the vanpool pays a low monthly fee, which covers all the costs—gas, insurance, repairs—everything! No loan or down payment is needed. Plus, the state offers a $700 monthly subsidy to each vanpool!

Sustainable Woodstock, Vital Communities, and Go! Vermont will host a vanpool information session and demo at the Norman Williams Library in Woodstock on Wednesday, October 26, at 6 pm. A light dinner will be served. Please RSVP if you plan to join us.

Learn more about the state program here.
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Carpooling to White River Junction

Terri and Brenda from Mascoma Savings Bank have been carpooling for the last 3 years – motivated by the ever increasing gas prices and a 50+ mile roundtrip commute from Sunapee to White River Junction. Originally there were two of them who both lived in Sunapee and worked at Mascoma Savings Bank. As winter approached, Terri and her colleague had another employee ask to join their carpool. The three of them commuted through the winter. Terri and Brenda continue to carpool, and it has worked out very well for the both of them. “We carpool about 90% of the time,” Terri says, “and it has worked out well.  In addition to saving money on gas & wear and tear on our vehicles – we enjoy having company on the commute and it makes the time go by more quickly”.