KILLINGTON - The Killington Chamber of Commerce will no longer
provide funding for the free, late night, seasonal bus service
along the Killington Road, announced Killington Chamber president
Howard Smith recently. The free shuttle, which is operated by the
Marble Valley Regional Transit District, has been jointly funded by
the Killington Chamber, the Killington Resort, and Long Trail
Brewing Co. since 2009.
Citing cost factors, shifting economic priorities, and the
proliferation of free shuttle service that has become available
through area hotels, restaurants and nightclubs over the past
several years, Smith says the chamber's budget can no longer
justify the annual $20,000 price tag.
"Free shuttle service has been a critical factor in our
community's economic health, particularly in serving visitors and
tourists to Killington during the busy winter season," says Smith.
"Since we first became a financial partner in this service, many of
our member businesses have established their own free shuttles, and
they independently fund those fleets. When we looked at the
numbers, and the ridership during the last year, we could no longer
justify this large expenditure. We need to spend these dollars
as wisely as we can."
MVRTD Executive Director Minga Dana was notified earlier this
week of the decision. The free late night shuttle generally begins
operation during the Thanksgiving weekend, with service on
Saturdays and holidays during the regular ski season, providing
transportation to and from the properties along the Killington
Smith applauded longtime funding partner Long Trail Brewing Co.
for their active and ongoing involvement in all areas of corporate
social responsibility - particularly keeping roads safe. "We
are extremely grateful to Long Trail Brewing for all of their
efforts to discourage drunk driving, and will continue to support
their initiatives and partner with them wherever we can. We all
want the same thing - which is our guests to enjoy themselves in
Killington, and get home safely."