MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Bus service between Burlington, Vt., and Albany, N.Y., will be reinstated early next year after a nine-year absence, the Vermont Agency of Transportation said.
Service also will be available between Rutland and White River Junction and on to Hanover, N.H., the agency said Friday. Improvements are also planned for the service between White River Junction and Springfield, Mass.
The new routes will provide connections to other intercity bus services serving New York City, Boston and Montreal.
"These new bus routes will work with our existing successful bus, rail and airline services to provide a more robust system of connectivity for Vermonters and visitors alike, ensuring more car-free and affordable transportation options," said Chris Cole, director of VTrans Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development division.
Would-be riders have been without service down the western side of Vermont from Burlington to Albany since Vermont Transit ended the route in 2005.
The new service will be operated by Premier Coach and Greyhound, who were picked through a competitive process, officials said. The service is available with help from $400,000 in federal money.
Service will start with one roundtrip per route a day, the agency said.
More details will be available when VTrans completes its agreements with the contractors, the agency said.