Support Public Transportation

Please support Public Transportation in Vermont by letting the Burlington City Council know that we need the Downtown Transit Center.

The Downtown Transit Center represents a big step forward for CCTA/GMTA in improving public transportation in the area. It will provide a shelter for passengers and much better break rooms for the drivers. Unfortunately, the Downtown Transit Center is threatened by small issues that could make it too expensive to start building this year. Once again, the dreams Burlington has had of a nice transit station could be delayed.

How fast the Downtown Transit Center will move forward will depend on what is decided at the October 6 Burlington City Council meeting. Please come to the Burlington City Council meeting in Contois Auditorium at the Burlington City Hall on October 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm to show your support for the Downtown Transit Center. Your presence will help show just how committed we all are to moving public transportation forward.

VERMONT COMMUNITY ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

MISSION
CAPT feels that public transportation should be an important part of the heartbeat of our communities. As such, we seek to ensure optimal working conditions for drivers and staff and better public transportation options for all citizens, for the sake of our environment and for the dignity of our providers.
CAPT seeks to represent those whose lives are most directly impacted by CCTA’s decisions and to provide them with a voice in the transit decision-making process.
CAPT is a great first step for bus riders, public transportation workers, schools, businesses, and our communities towards building a system of transportation of the people, by the people, and for the people.
GOALS
1. Since the 2014 strike, the CCTA Board of Commissioners (BoC) has promised to establish an Operations Committee which will be responsible for reporting back to the BoC about driver working conditions and labor/management issues.
CAPT will ensure that the CCTA Board of Commissioners establishes an Operations Committee that is fully effective. CAPT demands that the Operations Committee incorporates driver input through the shop stewards. CAPT will continue to monitor the Operations Committee after it is established to ensure its effectiveness.
2. The final say in transit planning and operation is set by the CCTA Board of Commissioners. The BoC is stacked with political appointees – several of whom have direct commercial interests or other business connections to the transportation industry, but have hardly ever taken our city buses, let alone driven one. Each of these commissioners is appointed by a town or a regional planning commission that is part of the CCTA/GMTA system. Ultimately, the citizens of each of these towns have the power to demand results from their commissioners.
CAPT will push town select boards to assign commissioners that are more engaged both in understanding operational issues as well as better representing the interests of the public that depends on transit.
3. In response to the 2014 strike, CAPT shares in the drivers’ Vote of No Confidence in CCTA management and will push for temporary replacement of managers as CCTA eliminates, or at least majorly restructures, its operating structure.
CAPT demands that the BoC implement change in management style at CCTA.
4. CAPT will link the public with CCTA planning and operations by assessing and suggesting improvements on routes and scheduling.
5. CAPT will push for capital investments that better meet the needs of the public. In doing so, CAPT will seek to promote a better fit between money invested and public needs.
6. CAPT hopes to eventually expand our scope to include towns  outside the CCTA/GMTA system, regional planning organizations, as well as identify decision-making at the state level which affects public transportation from funding allocation to state charters and driving laws.