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Expansions planned at Richmond park and ride

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RICHMOND, Vt. -

Relief is in the works for drivers fed up with trying to find a spot at the Richmond park and ride. Wednesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin joined state transportation officials at the site to announce expansion plans.

This summer, crews will reconfigure the lot and some abutting green space to add 53 additional spots. The $1 million project will also make traffic improvements at the site, and is designed to try to get more folks carpooling and using alternative transportation.

"If you want to save money for your kids' college education, you want to save money to improve your house, go on vacation; it only takes a small deviation from your regular routine to figure out how to ride the bus. If I could figure it out, I think other Vermonters could figure it out as well," said Chris Cole of the Vt. Transportation Agency.

The work in Richmond is part of a larger statewide plan to add 500 additional spaces at park and ride locations across Vermont.

The governor also announced a 50 percent bus pass subsidy for state employees as a way to encourage folks to ride the bus to work.

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