Having the ability to get out into the community plays a vital part in living a healthy and productive life. And for those without access to transportation, running simple errands can become a frustrating task. That’s where Stagecoach Transportation Services come in.
As a non-profit, Stagecoach has been moving people around Orange and Northern Windsor Counties since 1976. Today, their bus routes carry passengers north to Shaw’s in Montpelier over to Bridgewater Mill, up to Wells River, and south to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire.
With a dozen routes, the Stagecoach system links central Vermont and the Upper Valley, providing a vital resource that enables area residents to maintain their independence.
The local Randolph route, known as the Randolph Circulator–Green Route, runs Monday-Friday and includes four (4) scheduled stops at Strode Independent Living. And with nearly a dozen additional daily pick-up/drop-off locations around Randolph, the Circulator enables residents to reach important local amenities like the SHAPE facility at Vermont Technical College, Gifford Medical Center, Shaw’s Supermarket, and the Randolph Senior Center.
In addition to the Circulator, Stagecoach runs four other routes Monday-Friday:
- 89er South (runs between Randolph, White River, Lebanon and Hanover)
- 89er North (runs between Montpelier and Randolph)
- Bradford Area Circulator (runs between Bradford, Newbury, Wells River and Woodsville)
- River Route (runs between Wells River, White River, Lebanon and Hanover)
On a more limited basis, buses travel to other surrounding towns, including Royalton, Chelsea, Hancock, and Woodstock. There are even special shopping routes like the Saturday Shopper (which runs between Randolph and West Lebanon Route 12A District) and the Monthly Shopper that offers opportunities to shop in W. Lebanon or Berlin (Berlin Mall).
Stagecoach has a number of fee options available. Within the designated Fare-Free Zones (FFZs) passengers can ride for free. Both of the Randolph Circulators (Green and Orange routes) are located within the fare-free zone as well as the Bradford Circulator and portions of the two 89er routes. A general fare is collected on all other routes. Exact change, checks, or pre-purchased ride passes are accepted.
So whether you have a medical appointment at Gifford, need to buy groceries, or want to do some shopping, Stagecoach can get you there and back again, safely and conveniently.
Please see their website for current route maps, schedules, rider alerts, information on fare exceptions and transfers, and volunteer opportunities.
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