Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:52 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:52:16 GMT
A Windham County man cashes in a lucky lottery ticket. Frederick Randall matched 4 out of 5 numbers plus the power ball for the April 5th drawing.He would have won $10,000, but he played an extra buckMore >>
A Windham County man cashes in a lucky lottery ticket.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:01:42 GMT
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to link SUNY campuses with the business world in an effort to create more jobs. This project is called Tax Free NY. New York State Office of General Services CommissionerMore >>
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to link SUNY campuses with the business world in an effort to create more jobs. This project is called Tax Free NY.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:18 AM EDT2013-05-24 11:18:04 GMT
The Boy Scouts of America announced their decision on allowing gay youth into their program Thursday. The 1,400 member national council voted to change its current policy to allow openly gay youth. TheMore >>
The Boy Scouts of America announced their decision on allowing gay youth into their program Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:08:29 GMT
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone. We told you the fountain was being removed last month. Church Street Marketplace leaders say it was too expensive to run and blocked foot traffic.More >>
A staple atop Church Street in downtown Burlington is gone.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:01 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:01:37 GMT
If you're approached by a Vermont State Trooper, there's one thing you may not see, a tattoo. That's because for six years the department hasn't allowed visible ink.But VSP Captain David Notte saysMore >>
Vermont State Police say it's considering changing its tattoo policy, to get more recruits. Right now you can't have any visible tattoos, but that could soon change.More >>
MONTPELIER, Vt. -
Vermont's transportation system is suffering from a serious lack of money.
Crews are having a tougher time keeping the roads we use everyday in the best possible condition.
A lot of transportation funding comes from the federal government but in order to receive that money, states have to come up with a 20 percent match.
In 2012 Vermont needed a $10 million bond, a 6.3 percent hike in DMV fees and other quick revenue fixes in order to reach the amount needed for the federal match. A recent review by The Section 40 Committee on Transportation Funding estimates a $240 million gap in the budget and what's needed to keep the roads acceptable for Vermonters.
Listed in the report are a number of possibilities that could create revenue including a tax on the number of miles you drive.
"The vehicle miles traveled is the purest form of a user based system you know you get charged on the miles you use," VTrans Director of Policy and Planning Chris Cole said.
Cole says that regardless of what methods are settled on to raise revenue somehow the transportation budget has to grow in Vermont.
"Projects cost more, bridges cost more to build but your revenue isn't adjusting to inflation. That decreases your ability to get things done," Cole said.
The budget isn't adjusting because 30 percent of it is based on a state tax on gas which isn't earning as much anymore.
Part of the reason for this gap in the transportation budget is because Vermonters are driving less on their own thanks to park and rides and other public transportation options. Also because they're driving more fuel efficient vehicles and filling up less at the pump.
"As we are successful in public transportation and the success of the commuter routes, the LINK Express and all the folks who are riding these commuter systems it's reducing our gas tax. So we are definitely a victim of our own success," Cole said.
Cole says a mileage tax would eliminate the gas tax making it so tourists would no longer contribute to the transportation system budget. Combined with the time and technology needed to set it up he says it might not be worth it yet.
The means in which the Vermont Transportation System will raise revenue will become much clearer after Governor Peter Shumlin outlines his budget proposal January 24th. That's when the House and Senate Committee on Transportation and Secretary of Transportation Brian Searles will see what they have to work with.
VTrans Looking for New Ways to Fix Budget GapMore>>