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CT Transit Weekend Buses Will Be Free This Summer

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Something to look forward to if you feel like venturing up to Connecticut to do some bus fanning this summer:

 

Governor Lamont Implements Free Weekend Bus Service During Summer Months

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3 days ago

Governor Ned Lamont announced that as part of his administration’s ongoing efforts to help the state recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, he is directing CTtransit to provide free, statewide bus service to all customers every weekend this summer beginning Memorial Day weekend and lasting through Labor Day.

The governor said that offering free bus service during the weekends will encourage people in Connecticut to visit locally owned, small businesses and help support the economy in those communities that have been most heavily impacted by the pandemic, particularly within the state’s largest cities.

"To help support our economic recovery from the pandemic, I want to make Connecticut’s many attractions and businesses reachable by as many of our residents as possible, and implementing free weekend bus service this summer – the busiest time of tourism season – will help facilitate that," Governor Lamont said. "I thank Connecticut’s Congressional delegation for advocating on behalf of our state to ensure that we receive the resources needed to help recover from this pandemic."

Approximately 20 percent of residents in cities such as New Britain and Waterbury, and around 30 percent of residents in Hartford and New Haven do not own cars and rely on transit, among other transportation options, for mobility.

"Our ability to attract weekend riders through a free weekend-ride program gives our state and our residents an additional boost towards returning to normal," Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti said.

In addition to Saturdays and Sundays, the free service will also include the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31, 2021; the observed Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 5, 2021; and the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 6, 2021.

https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2021/03-2021/Governor-Lamont-Implements-Free-Weekend-Bus-Service-During-Summer-Months

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@B35 via Church I don't see anything on their page mentioning it.

But what I did find is something interesting: They have their turn lists, and they also seem pretty eager for customer feedback. I like this quote "We bet you have some proposals for improving schedules and routing and we would like to hear them. Please send along any of your service planning recommendations to: info@gogbt.com. We’ll consider them in our planning work."

 https://gogbt.com/connect-with-us/for-transit-geeks/

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3 hours ago, checkmatechamp13 said:

@B35 via Church I don't see anything on their page mentioning it.

But what I did find is something interesting: They have their turn lists, and they also seem pretty eager for customer feedback. I like this quote "We bet you have some proposals for improving schedules and routing and we would like to hear them. Please send along any of your service planning recommendations to: info@gogbt.com. We’ll consider them in our planning work."

 https://gogbt.com/connect-with-us/for-transit-geeks/

The fact they even dedicate a section of the site to enthusiasts is more than enough for me..... A schedule collector as a kid? Yep, that I was.... Hell, I have some CTTransit (Stamford) schedules in my little collection (and no, I'm not selling them, like that doofus @brokecrazy kept sporadically going around spamming the forums here with his BS, advertising selling his transit memorabilia, either :lol:)....

Granted, their operations are much smaller, but why can't every transit provider be this transparent with the riding public?!

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25 minutes ago, B35 via Church said:

The fact they even dedicate a section of the site to enthusiasts is more than enough for me..... A schedule collector as a kid? Yep, that I was.... Hell, I have some CTTransit (Stamford) schedules in my little collection (and no, I'm not selling them, like that doofus @brokecrazy kept sporadically going around spamming the forums here with his BS, advertising selling his transit memorabilia, either :lol:)....

Granted, their operations are much smaller, but why can't every transit provider be this transparent with the riding public?!

 

I remember grabbing a ton of those old CT timetables back in 1999 or 2000 while visiting New Haven. Then I got home and discovered I had only brought back 1 or 2. I probably left them at Union Station on the benches, but to this day I still have my old M timetable.

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This would be nice to check out if their weekend service wasn't so atrocious in most areas.

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