Commuter bus offers free rides to Dartmouth

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Vermonters who work at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire will soon have the option of a free ride to work. A new commuter bus service will run from Randolph, Bethel and Royalton to Lebanon, New Hampshire. The bus fare usually costs $5 for a round trip. Starting Friday anyone affiliated with the hospital or college may ride for free.

A local group of officials, employers and residents is promoting the bus service to reduce the number of cars on local roads. The bus was paid for by $108,000 in federal and state transportation grants and $27,000 from the college and hospital.

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