November 10, 2016
WILMINGTON – The MOOver will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Thanksgiving Day.
On November 28, 1996 the MOOver started operations on four condo routes at the base of Mount Snow. The new company provided 1,426 rides that weekend.
Back then the MOOver started as an idea and a subcommittee. Soon a permanent board of directors was formed including Bob North and fellow founding Board members Susie Haughwout, Secretary Linda Anelli, Verne Howe, and now-CEO Randy Schoonmaker.
None of the buses were spotted. The MOOver had one employee. It subcontracted operations to a private operator. It also had a Board of Directors with a list of ambitious ideas and lots of local support.
Mount Snow donated $120,000 and three old buses. Local condo associations assigned their contracts to the new company. Skip Morrow donated the artwork, marketing collateral, and bus designs. Founding Board members Susie Haughwout and Linda Anelli, along with Norm Rosenburg coined the nickname “MOOver”. The Vermont Agency of Transportation awarded a $480,000 test grant to run a new route from Mount Snow to Wilmington. That service would start a month later, just before Christmas, 1996.
The company now operates on $1.8 million of funding. It employs 34 staff, has a fleet of 26 buses, and serves a six-town region. It has won state and local awards, and has been recognized by the national transit press.
In 2015 it opened its new $5.5 million transit facility, and at the same merged with Connecticut River Transit to form Southeast Vermont Transit. The two divisions are known as The Current and The MOOver, respectively. Combined, they operate on $6 million annually and have assets over $15 million.
“The MOOver has driven over 5,000,000 miles and delivered over 4,000,000 rides since 1996” said Schoonmaker. “It has been a great 20 years, something we never thought would do so well back then”.
“We could not have done this without the support of the towns, our staff, the residents, the condo associations, Mount Snow and the state” he said. This is a team effort and a source of pride for the entire community”.