The Vital Communities Transportation Program works with employers, municipalities, school districts, and regional planning commissions to improve transportation options and reduce reliance on driving alone.

Getting Around

The Upper Valley offers great commuting opportunities with transit, carpools, biking, walking, and telecommuting.

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Communities

We work with towns, schools, and community organizations to lower residents’ transportation costs.

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Workplaces

Smart Commute helps Upper Valley employers lower the costs of commuting to work.

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VTEN

The Vermont Transportation Efficiency Network (VTEN) is a group of providers, planners, and advocates who gather to reduce the costs and environmental impacts of our transportation system.

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Advance
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Real-Time

Real-Time Photo Project

Find your bus in real-time and plan your trip at AdvanceTransit.com OR download the iPhone or Android real-time app developed by students from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.

We’re working with workplaces and communities in the Advance Transit service area over the next year to promote Advance Transit’s real-time system and trip planner. Using proven Community-Based Social Marketing methods, we hope to increase ridership on Advance Transit by making it easier and more routine to take the bus.

Interested in getting your workplace or organization involved? E-mail Bethany@VitalCommunities.org.

What's Happening

Upper Valley Transportation Management Association (UVTMA)

We convene the Upper Valley Transportation Management Association (UVTMA), a membership-based group of workplaces, transportation providers, municipalities, and planners. Dues-paying members are eligible for customized programs and services for their town or workplace.

Join us to help solve the transportation challenges affecting the Upper Valley. E-mail Bethany to learn more about becoming a UVTMA member.

UVTMA Steering Committee

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock: Tom Carlson
  • Norwich Energy Committee: Susan Hardy
  • Lebanon: Rebecca Owens
  • Hartford: Matt Osborn
  • Dartmouth College: Patrick O’Neill
  • Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce: vacant
  • Lyme: Daniel Brand
  • New England Transportation Institute: Matthew Coogan
  • Plainfield: Betsy Rybeck Lynd
  • Hanover Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee: Scot Drysdale
  • Co-op Food Stores: Allan Reetz
  • City of Lebanon Planning Board: Sarah Welsch
  • Advance Transit: Van Chestnut
  • Resource Systems Group: Ben Swanson
  • At Large: Patricia Higgins
  • Hypertherm: John Rooney
  • vBike, Hartland Energy Committee & Upper Valley Sierra Club: Karl Kemnitzer
  • UVLSRPC: Meghan Butts, Chair
  • TRORC: Rita Seto
  • SWCRPC: Jason Rasmussen
  • Southwestern Community Services: vacant
  • Stagecoach: Mike Reiderer
  • Vital Communities: Bethany Fleishman

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Ana Mejia

Climate Projects Coordinator

Transportation, Energy

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Transportation, Energy

— Ana Mejia, Climate Projects Coordinator

Ana Mejia is the Climate Projects Coordinator at Vital Communities. She is a Southern California native and first arrived to the Upper Valley in 2018. Ana received her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she wrote her thesis on solar home affordability and energy efficiency programs for low income families. When she is not actively working towards creating sustainable communities, Ana enjoys swimming, cross-country skiing, birding, and trying out new dessert recipes with her KitchenAid mixer.



Bethany Fleishman

Transportation Program Manager

Transportation

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Transportation

— Bethany Fleishman, Transportation Program Manager

Bethany Fleishman was born at the old Mary Hitchcock hospital in Hanover, N.H., grew up in West Hartford, Vt., and now lives in Hartford Village, where she can see the White River and the trains from her window. She has a biology degree from St. Lawrence University and has worked in public health outreach, as a line cook in San Francisco, a pastry chef in Hanover, and as a member of the Town of Hartford Selectboard. She serves on the board of directors for both Advance Transit and Upper Valley CarShare and is a lifelong bike commuter.