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South Road Closed for Obama Visit: Buses Rerouted

The closure of South Road during President Barack Obama's Chilmark vacation has led the Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority to change several bus routes through Aug. 18. Here's how to get to and from up-Island via VTA while the Obamas are here.

In 2011, crowds formed along the motorcade route as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived for their Martha's Vineyard vacation. In 2013 the Obamas are staying in Chilmark, where South Road will be closed at 2 p.m. Aug. 10
In 2011, crowds formed along the motorcade route as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived for their Martha's Vineyard vacation. In 2013 the Obamas are staying in Chilmark, where South Road will be closed at 2 p.m. Aug. 10
The Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority has issued the following announcement:

From August 10 at 2:00pm through the early evening of August 18, 2013, South Road will be closed to all through traffic. As a result, the VTA must re-route buses.

Route #5 service between West Tisbury Town Hall and Beetlebung Corner will be suspended for the duration of the road closure. We will be diverting routes to provide service to Aquinnah via North Road and Menemsha Crossroads. Timed transfers that are scheduled to occur for Routes #6, #7 and #9 will not occur during the road closure.

Detailed route schedules to follow.

Edgartown to Aquinnah:
Route #6 from Church Street will still depart at :12, which will travel to the West Tisbury Town Hall as usual and depart there at :38. This bus will proceed up State Road, past the Fairgrounds, to North Road where it will continue on to Chilmark Town via Menemsha Crossroads, and then on to Aquinnah via South Road. There will be no pick-ups or drop-offs at the Chilmark Community Center. The Tribe schedule pull-ins will remain the same.

From Vineyard Haven to Aquinnah:
Route #3 from the VH SSA will still depart at :07, and will go directly to Aquinnah, via North Rd. Old County Rd will not be served by this route.
Old County Rd will be serviced by Route #4 for passengers to go to the West Tisbury Town Hall for connections, as needed.

From Aquinnah: 
There will be a departure on the hour from the Gay Head Lighthouse which will go down Lighthouse Rd, then on to Edgartown via the West Tisbury Town Hall.
The :10 departure from the Lighthouse will go directly to Vineyard Haven via North Rd and State Rd.

Youth Hostel to Vineyard Haven:
Take Route #6 and make transfer at North Rd at :40. This trip is not guaranteed. Youth Hostel riders are encouraged to travel through to Edgartown or the Airport for connections.
Late night trips upon request will still be honored.

We apologize for any and all inconveniences.

(Source: Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) via Facebook)

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Paul Antonelli August 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Ya it's a mess out there already. Hit the stores and got enough supplies to not move the car all week.
Andy McMand August 10, 2013 at 01:51 PM
I saw three people selling "Kool-Aid" by the pictures, bet they make a fortune!!!
Dionis Montrowl August 12, 2013 at 01:14 PM
You might say something to the effect that West Tisbury is still accessible and businesses are still open--despite the fact all the detour signs direct everyone away. The Farm Market lost traffic Saturday, and attendance at the church Peach Festival was down by 1/3. The Up-Island gas station had to put a sign out on the triangle Sunday to the effect they were open. We understand the need for security, but the detour is tough on Island businesses which depend on making money during this busiest time of year.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 12, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Thank you for letting us know, Dionis. Island businesses are always welcome to use MV Patch to get the word out. Anything posted in our Boards goes straight to the top of the home page right away.
Dionis Montrowl August 12, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Thanks. I wonder as well about the impact on Allen Sheep Farm. I'll give Clarissa a call.
John Jingle Heimersmith August 16, 2013 at 10:20 PM
You know, for a guy who is supposed to support the middle class...he sure knows how to ruin them on their busiest week of the year and not care about it. And to waste even more of our taxpayers dollars flying his dog on a helicopter to join them. We are tired of this tyranny.
Aron Levy August 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Oh look, another sock puppet. I can't wait for Fielding Mellish and Amid Hassan to chime in. Maybe Seadog or WaterRat.

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