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.

Woodstock Area Transportation Survey

Do you work or live in Barnard, Bridgewater, Pomfret, Reading, or Woodstock? Vital Communities is teaming up with Sustainable Woodstock to assess transportation needs in these communities. You have the chance win a $50 gift card to a LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESS of your choice if you complete a 10-minute transportation survey. Click here to take our survey.

New Study on Funding Local Transportation

Vital Communities is pleased to release a new study that examines an optional vehicle registration fee used by over a dozen New Hampshire municipalities. The fee, authorized under RSA 261:153 VI, allows municipalities to collect up to $5 per registration to establish local transportation improvement funds for projects as diverse as basic road maintenance, sidewalk construction, and public transit.

Vital Communities Transportation Program Manager Aaron Brown, the report’s author, concludes that a growing number of communities are interested in the fee and that towns and cities have benefited greatly from their local transportation funds.

“The municipalities that collect the fee range in population from under 2,000 to more than 100,000, but they share a common theme: the revenue collected under this program is essential for maintaining good local transportation options.” —Transportation Program Manager Aaron Brown

Representative Patricia Higgins, a Democrat who represents Hanover and Lyme, recently introduced a bill that would raise the maximum amount that a municipality may add to their vehicle registration fee from $5 to $10, but only if the voters of that municipality decide they want to raise more revenue.

“Towns and cities can no longer rely on state funds to meet their important transportation needs, be it repairing a bridge so goods can reach a market, funding public transportation so commuters can get to work, or making a bike route safer for students to get to school. This fee, totally optional, allows localities to identify and solve their own problems. I’m grateful for the work of Vital Communities in educating towns and cities all over the state of the existence of this enabling legislation, and I hope my bill will allow local residents more flexibility to arrive at local solutions.”

Read the full report: A Look at the Municipal Vehicle Registration Fee

office bike share

Office Bike Share

When Vital Communities staff expressed interest in cutting down on car trips to meetings, Transportation Program Manager Aaron Brown found a way to help. He donated an old bike that was taking up space at home and set up an office bike share.

We added rear baskets large enough to fit a laptop and other supplies. Staff can reserve the bike through an online calendar and leave their cars parked for local trips.

Interested in setting up your own workplace bike share? Contact us to learn more.