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Chittenden County Transportation Authority
Chittenden CTA logo.png
CCTA Headquarters
Defunct2016 (merged into Green Mountain Transit)
Headquarters15 Industrial Parkway

44°27′01″N 73°13′13″W / 44.45028°N 73.22028°W / 44.45028; -73.22028
Locale Burlington, Vermont
Service area Chittenden County with express service to major towns in adjacent counties
Service type Bus service, commuter bus service
Fleet70 buses
Annual ridership2.5 million (2014) [1]

Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) was the public transit system headquartered in Burlington in Chittenden County, Vermont. CCTA served the communities of Burlington, Essex, South Burlington, Winooski, Shelburne, Williston and Milton. [2] As well as providing regular bus routes to these member municipalities, CCTA also served parts of Colchester and had express routes for commuters travelling between Burlington and Montpelier, Middlebury, and St. Albans. [3]

On March 17, 2014, a strike by the bus drivers' union shut down bus service, which was restored on April 4, 2014, after settlement of the strike.

On January 22, 2016, it was announced that the CCTA will be renamed to Green Mountain Transit, completing a merger with the Green Mountain Transit Authority to become a regional system. [4] As of October 2016, the merger has been completed.

Transit center, buses and routes

CCTA's transit center was located on Cherry Street in downtown Burlington. Most of the local routes operated from the portion of the terminal which occupies the south side of Cherry Street from Church Street to west of Saint Paul Street. All of the commuter and express routes (36, 46, 56, 76, 86, 96) were operated from Pearl Street in the vicinity of Saint Paul Street. As of May 2015, a replacement terminal was under construction on Saint Paul Street, between Pearl and Cherry Streets. The "Downtown Transit Center" was scheduled to be completed in 2016. [5] The Downtown Transit Center opened October 13, 2016, in conjunction with the merger with the GMTA.

Most of the fleet is made up of Gillig low-floor transit buses, although a number of older RTS transit buses remain in use, particularly on Burlington Neighborhood Special (school bus) routes. In recent years, MCI long-distance buses and various shuttle buses built on Ford F350 chassis have been purchased for intercity routes and transit service in outlying towns, respectively.

Local routes

Most local routes operated Monday through Saturday with 30-minute service patterns during the day, with most services leaving Cherry Street at :15 and :45 after the hour. Some busier routes have 15-minute service during rush hours. Rush hours are generally 6:30 to 9:00 AM and 3:00 to 6:30 PM weekdays.

Route Terminals Streets traveled Notes
1 *


Cherry Street Terminal
Main Street, Williston Road (South Burlington, Williston), Marshall Avenue
  • Daily service.
  • Serves University Mall.
  • Late evening inbound 1 serves Burlington International Airport
  • Route 1E shortened and renumbered to 10 on August 24, 2015

Williston Village

Williston Village
Williston Road and Southridge Road
Main Street, Williston Road (South Burlington, Williston), ...
Clockwise Loop: Industrial Avenue, Mountain View Road, North Williston Road
(see Notes)
  • Weekday rush periods only along with one mid-day trip.
  • AM trips clockwise loop through Williston Village, PM trips counter-clockwise.
  • Only serves University Mall AM/mid-day Williston-bound trips.
2 *

Essex Junction

Essex Junction
Amtrak Station
Colchester Avenue, East Allen Street (Winooski), College Parkway (Colchester), Pearl Street (Essex Junction)

Lakeside Commuter

Burlington - Lakeside
Lakeside Avenue and Central Avenue
Cherry Street Terminal
Lakeside Avenue, Pine Street Weekday AM rush periods, inbound only.

Essex Center

Essex Junction
Amtrak Station
Clockwise Loop: Main Street (Essex Junction), Essex Outlet Fair, Center Road, Sand Hill Road, River Road (Essex Center), Maple Street (Essex Junction)
  • Weekdays only, no late morning service.
  • Rush trips serve IBM by on-board request.
5 *

Pine Street

Cherry Street Terminal
Burlington - South End
Baird Street/Park and Ride

Queen City Park Road and Pine Street
Saint Paul Street, Pine Street
  • Late evening service via other routes' out of service buses and is signed as PINE ST TO GARAGE.
  • Some Saturday trips serve Lakeside.

Shelburne Road

Shelburne Museum South Union Street, Shelburne Road Some rush trips extended to Vermont Teddy Bear Company.

North Avenue

Burlington - Northgate Apartments
Fairfield Drive and North Avenue
North Street, North Avenue

Non-rush daytime trips serve Heineberg Road.

8 *

City Loop

Clockwise Loop
(See Notes)
North Avenue, North Street, Archibald Street, North Prospect Street, Maple Street, Battery Street
  • Alternate buses serve Fern Hill or McAuley Square (about the halfway point of the loop) and are signed as such.
  • 15-minute service during the AM rush.
  • Pre-June 2008, known as "Old North End Loop" with bi-directional service. [6]


Champlain Mill
(See Notes)
Elmwood Avenue, Riverside Avenue...
Counter-clockwise Loop: Barlow Street, Main Street (Winooski), Weaver Street, Malletts Bay Avenue
  • The Winooski Loop starts/ends at the Champlain Mill.
  • Late morning buses skip the Winooski Loop and return to Burlington.


Essex Junction
Amtrak Station
Marshall Avenue, Maple Tree Place, Essex Road, Park Street (Essex Junction)
  • "New" route August 24, 2015
  • Formerly the Essex section of route 1E.
11 *

College Street Shuttle


College Street
UVM Medical Center
Main Entrance
College Street, Colchester Avenue
  • Daily and evening service from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, otherwise weekday service only.
  • Service is fare-free, and runs every 15 minutes weekdays and weekend mid-days and afternoons.
  • UVM MC formerly known as Fletcher Allen Health Care.


South Burlington
University Mall
Burlington International Airport
(See Notes)
Dorset Street, Kennedy Drive, ...
Counter-clockwise Loop: Kennedy Drive, Airport Drive, White Street, Hinesburg Road
  • Daily service.
  • Burlington Airport is about the midpoint of the loop.
  • Certain Monday–Saturday PM trips and all Sunday trips are extended from University Mall to the Cherry Street Terminal. This is similar to the service pattern of the original Airport (1) route.
  • Renamed from South Burlington Circulator on August 24, 2015.

Sunday Service

Cherry Street Terminal
Counter-clockwise Loop: Pine Street (SB), Shelburne and South Union streets (NB), Pearl Street, Mansfield Avenue, Riverside Avenue, Burlington Beltline (NB), North Avenue (SB)
  • Sunday only, alternate trips serve Lakeside.
  • The first morning trip serves public housing and churches only.
  • No stops on the Burlington Beltline.

(*) denotes routes with 15-minute service.
NB: Northbound; SB: Southbound

Commuter and express routes

Commuter and express routes operate weekday rush periods only unless otherwise noted and are limited stop.

Route Terminals Serves Notes


Cherry Street Terminal
Post Office
Burlington, Winooski, Colchester, Essex Junction, Essex Outlet Fair, Jericho, Underhill, Cambridge, Jeffersonville Travels via VT 15.

Route 116 Commuter

Town Hall Park & Ride
All trips: Burlington, South Burlington, Hinesburg
Middlebury trips: Starksboro, Bristol, Middlebury
  • Travels via VT 116.
  • Service past Hinesburg is operated by ACTR.
Merchants Row

Milton Commuter

Town Office Park & Ride
Burlington, Winooski, Colchester, Milton
  • Travels via US 7.
  • Additional midday and evening service.

Middlebury LINK Express

Merchants Row
Burlington, South Burlington, Shelburne, Charlotte, Ferrisburgh, Vergennes, Middlebury
  • Travels via US 7.
  • Additional Saturday service operated by neighboring agency Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR).

Montpelier LINK Express

Main Street and State Street
Burlington, South Burlington, Richmond, Waterbury, Montpelier
  • Travels via I-89.
  • Additional midday service.

St. Albans LINK Express

St. Albans
Highgate Commons
Burlington, Winooski, Colchester, Georgia, St. Albans Travels via US 7 and I-89.

Shopping specials

These are shuttle buses that each operate one day per week, in the morning, to/from senior housing centers. The general public is welcome on these routes.

Route Terminals Serves Notes
Hannaford Shopping Special South Burlington
See "Serves"
University Mall
Pillsbury Manor, The Pines, Country Park Tuesday service only.
Price Chopper Shopping Special Winooski
See "Serves"
South Burlington
Price Chopper
The Courtyard, 83 Barlow Street, Spring Garden,
Fern Hill*, McAuley Square*, Cherry Street Terminal*
Wednesday service only.
See "Serves"
South Burlington
Price Chopper
10 North Champlain Street, 3 Cathedral Square, Decker Towers,
Heineberg Housing, McKenzie House, 101 College Street
Thursday service only.

(*) denotes Burlington destinations

Fare schedule

(information is current as of June 18, 2013) [7]

  • $1.25 per one-way trip on local routes ($0.60 for discount qualified riders)
  • $12.00 for Adult 10-ride pass ($6.00 for discount qualified riders)
  • $50.00 for Adult monthly (31-day) pass ($25.00 for discount qualified riders)

Free transfers are available for those needing to connect one-way on another bus. They are not valid for round trips. Fletcher Allen Health Care employees may receive a 25% discount on LINK Express passes. University of Vermont, St. Michael's College, Champlain College and Middlebury College students may receive free bus fare for most CCTA routes. No discount fares are currently available on Local Commuter or LINK Express routes.

LINK Express route fares

  • $4.00 per one-way trip
  • $150 for Adult Monthly Pass (valid on all CCTA and GMTA routes)
  • $40 for 10-ride pass

Local commuter route fares

  • $2.00 per one-way trip
  • $75 for Adult Monthly Pass (valid on all CCTA and GMTA routes)
  • $20 for 10-ride pass


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