Paratransit Planning

With a Transit Planning Four All grant from the Community Transportation Association of America. CVRPC and our transit planning partners and users developed an outline for what a rural paratransit service is and engaged potential users of this service about how it operates.

Goal – Build a more knowledgeable and informed transit ridership in the Central Vermont Region by engaging directly with existing public transit users and potential users of our rural transit system.

Why – Changes to the existing transit system have been proposed, including the addition of complementary ADA paratransit. This proposed paratransit service is both exciting and worrisome. While it had the potential to provide better service for transit users, it also will bring change and it is change that can be challenging for any of us.

Who – We engaged directly with:

  • Older adults and people with disabilities who use public transit as well as those users who would take advantage of the paratransit service.
  • Transit dependent populations
  • Caregivers who will help this population utilize the service.

Team – 

  • Rebecca Mackin (caregiver)
  • Dale Hackett (person with disabilities and transit user)
  • Marla Hood (person with disabilities and transit user)
  • Lawrence Seiler (person with disabilities and transit user)
  • Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission
  • Central Vermont Council on Aging
  • Vermont Center For Independent Living
  • Project Independence (Barre, VT)
  • Green Mountain Transit
  • Vermont Agency of Transportation

Survey – View the results of our Paratransit Survey completed by over 250 respondents: Survey Results

Outcomes – Read more about the project outcomes and findings here.

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For more information, please contact Christian Meyer,, 802-229-0389.