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Addison County bus service lands $8,000 grant

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) was recently awarded an $8,000 grant from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation in Burlington, Vermont. These funds contribute towards the 20 percent local match requirements of a $2.85 million federal grant previously awarded to ACTR for the construction of the Addison County Community Transportation Center.
The mission of the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation is to create opportunity, help meet basic needs and improve the lives of people in Vermont. The foundation’s grant-making focuses primarily in the fields of human service and education.
“We are honored to receive this gift from the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation, which recognizes our contribution to the economic, social and environmental health of the Addison County region,” said Jim Moulton, executive director of ACTR. “We have now raised nearly 99 percent of the funds needed to create this center, which will enable us to continue meeting the growing community transportation demands in the region.”
The need for the Community Transportation Center is critical. Since moving into its current leased space in 2001, ACTR has more than doubled the number of full-time staff, volunteers and buses. Demand for services has led to astonishing ridership growth — from 4,000 Dial-a-Ride trips in Fiscal Year 1993 to 172,000 Dial-a-Ride and Shuttle Bus trips in Fiscal Year 2012. Fiscal Year 2013 is already on track for even greater use of ACTR’s services. The new facility will allow ACTR to keep pace with growing demands and invest in future services for Addison County residents. 
ACTR plans to be operating out of the new Community Transportation Center by May 2013. To learn more about ACTR’s services, and/or contribute to the capital campaign for the Community Transportation Center, go to www.actr-vt.org or call 388-1946.

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