New bus service will connect Bennington County with Albany rail, air, bus

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Scott will be among the special guest speakers to officially unveil a new transportation shuttle, the Vermont Shires Connector. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Hampton Inn in Manchester starting at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The Vermont Shires Connector is the new bus service linking southwestern Vermont to rail service in New York’s Capital Region. Premier Coach operates the line with a partnership with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and Amtrak.As of earlier this month, riders were able to buy a single ticket for travel through interline ticketing by visiting Amtrak’s website or VTrans website. With stops in Manchester and Bennington, the bus brings riders to the Amtrak station in Rensselaer, N.Y., the Greyhound terminal in Albany and Albany International Airport.The bus starts at the tour bus parking area at the municipal parking lot in Manchester Center, and then the Hampton Inn and The Equinox hotels. In Bennington, the bus picks up and drops off riders adjacent to the parking lot for the Bennington Station Restaurant on River Street before it continues on into New York.The ribbon cutting ceremony will include a few keywords by Governor Scott along with comments from Amtrak, VT Trans, the Manchester select board, and the Manchester Business Association.  Other partners include the Bennington County Regional Commission and the Chamber of Commerce.To learn more about the service visit: Vttranslines.com/vermont-shires-connector(link is external)/Source: Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce 9.25.2017last_img read more