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ACTR delays launch of new bus stop to save parking

MIDDLEBURY — In order to maximize access to downtown shops and the post office during the holiday season, Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) announced that it will delay implementation of use of the new, pull-off bus stop on the St. Stephen’s side of Main Street until after the first of the year.
At least one local resident had complained that the bus stop eliminated four parking spots on a Main Street that had already lost many parking spaces due to the downtown railroad bridge construction. ACTR itself had lost its Merchants Row bus stop because of the construction, too.
ACTR Executive Director Jim Moulton said ACTR was pleased to support local shops and post office users during the busy holiday season by modifying the use of the bus stop near St. Stephen’s.
“Full use of the stop will still be necessary in the new year to ensure we are meeting our obligations to provide access for transit users but this temporary change is the right action for the whole community,” Moulton added.
Staff from the town Department of Public Works on Friday covered or modified the markings on the parking spaces involved and said they would make it clear that the spaces are available, as soon as weather allows and necessary supplies are obtained.
The northbound bus on the Main Street route will continue to stop in front of the Post Office when riders are waiting at the stop or if a rider asks for a stop, Moulton noted.
“ACTR drivers will be operating with extra care and caution in this area during this period with the modified stop and ask car drivers to be aware for extra caution, as well,” he said.

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