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Meet Joseph, a GBT Access Rider

Home: Bridgeport
Profession: Teacher
Riders the Bus: Several Times Each Week
Rider Since: 2004


In addition to City bus service, GBT operates a service specializing in assisting riders with disabilities to reach jobs and important community services. Today, more than 2,000 Bridgeport region residents are enrolled in the program. Joseph is one of the service’s long-time riders; we reached him at the bus station in downtown. “I have been using the service for over eight years now going to work, my doctor shopping and banking. I have a great support system with my family but the day may come when I need to use the service more”.

Joseph and GBT driver

A Bridgeport resident, Joseph holds graduate and post graduate degrees and spent thirty-four years at Bridgeport’s Central High School teaching English to speakers of other languages. “I enjoyed interacting with young people and feel that I was a mentor for many of them”.  

Joseph would not allow students to tell him that they could not learn English or Spanish and would never tolerate lateness in his classes “I would tell them, I am never late and I don’t even drive”. He continues to work part-time as a teacher in Bridgeport. 

“On a scale of 1-10 I would give the service an 8, the drivers are helpful and personable – they are wonderful. However, the service does get busy at certain times of day and it would be nice to be able to travel to Monroe and other places in the region that we cannot currently reach”.


Like many in the region, Joseph depends on GBT services for work. “Without services like this, where would we be? We would be home twiddling our thumbs. When you want to be part of the mainstream, we would be denied”.



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Know How to Go is a regional organization that helps seniors, persons with disabilities, and veterans find transportation options to better access the community.

It's purpose is to provide the community with a host of valuable travel-related information and provide solutions to travel challenges.


Check out the online Transit Forum where you can post questions or comments that will be addressed by the organization.

For more information call 203-365-8522 x263 or visit KnowHowToGoCT.org.



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