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RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

JOINT CONCURRENT SENATE RESOLUTION

State of Vermont

Senate Chamber

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent Senate Resolution


   By the Senate Committee on Transportation,

     S.C.R. 37.  Senate concurrent resolution recognizing the outstanding role of Vermont Transit and its employees in the state's transportation history.

Whereas, for nearly 80 years, the name Vermont Transit has been synonymous with intrastate and interstate public transportation emanating from and terminating in the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, on October 14, 1929, the Thompson family organized Vermont Transit as a bus company intended to provide bus transportation service in the city of Burlington in competition with the existing street car service, and

Whereas, the riding public’s level of patronage quickly demonstrated its preference for the new buses that had greater flexibility and maneuverability than the street cars limited to their fixed track routes, and

Whereas, during the ensuing years, Vermont Transit extended its route network, in part through the purchase of other local Vermont bus companies, and it eventually reached as far away as the state of Maine and the city of New York, and

Whereas, Vermont Transit’s fleet has been continuously updated and modernized to reflect the latest in comfortable and safe bus travel, and

Whereas, in the early 1970s, the Burlington Transit Company, the privately owned, local bus service that Vermont Transit had originally established in 1929 ended with the legislative chartering of the publicly owned Chittenden County Transportation Authority, and

Whereas, the intercity bus service that Vermont Transit provided had by the early 1970s been extended to 89 localities, both in- and out-of-state, and was a major contributor to Vermont’s economy through its employment of Vermonters and its tourist and commercial transportation activities, and

Whereas, in 1975, the Greyhound Corporation purchased Vermont Transit from the Thompson family, but the local company retained its corporate autonomy and proud identity within the larger corporation, and

Whereas, during Vermont Transit’s 79 years, its buses have been driven over 300,000,000 miles and carried over 45,000,000 customers without a single passenger fatality, and

Whereas, a notable era in Vermont’s transportation history will conclude on March 31, 2008, when Vermont Transit ceases to exist as an autonomous Greyhound subsidiary, and the corporate name will be retired, and

Whereas, although the majority of Vermont Transit employees will retain their jobs, a sense of sadness exists as the company’s familiar and distinctive green and white buses disappear from the state’s and region’s highways, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the outstanding role of Vermont Transit and its employees in the state’s transportation history, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Christopher Andreasson at the Vermont Transit depot in White River Junction.


 



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