People in the Bridgeport region are turning more and more to public transportation. Over the past thirty-six months, Greater Bridgeport Transit, the provider of public bus service throughout the Bridgeport region, has seen a steady increase in the use of bus services leading to record ridership of more than 5.7 million boardings in the year ending June 2013 – a nine percent increase since 2011 and an additional 1,200 boardings every day.
Increased use of public transportation is a national trend with ridership in 2012 the second highest since 1957 as Americans made more than 10.5 billion trips. These new riders are opting for the bus for a variety of reasons. some riders are riding to reach new jobs, some are avoiding the volatile price of gasoline and some are choosing public transportation because its compatibility with a lifestyle of sustainability. GBT Riders tell why they ride:
"I use the bus to go back and forth to work.
And to go shopping. I use the bus for everything."
— Monecar Cooper, rider
“GBT. It’s the greenest, cleanest way to get around town.”
— Kurt Justinus, rider
“I love the system, I just love it. I use the bus
to go to work and everything I need to do because
I’m a senior and I don’t have a car.”
— “Ms. Candy,” rider
To continue to meet the growing demand for service and improve the quality of the service, GBT is working in several areas:
In September, GBT will be hearing public comments on a series of service changes that may lead to new services in the region including Quarry Road in Trumbull and along the route 25 Corridor in Trumbull and Monroe. Information about these changes and how to comment on the proposals can be found in the side bar of this page.
Bigger Buses, Expanded Garage
GBT is preparing to replace a large portion of its bus fleet in 2015 and plans on incorporating larger buses to meet the growing need on the busiest routes like the Coastal Link and Route 8 on Main Street. At the same time, plans are underway to expand the maintenance facility to accommodate a larger fleet and meet regional demand well into the future.
To ensure that the buses are clean for all riders, GBT has increased its bus cleaning team to give extra attention to bus interiors. We are sure you will notice their efforts.
Better Bus Stops
Bus stops are an important part of the service. New shelters will be installed at 80 locations throughout the area to provide some protection from the elements. While some test shelters have already been installed, more will be arriving in batches over the next year. Included among them is a new hub and shelters at Westfield Trumbull Mall.
In an effort to improve quality of service, GBT is proposing the following service changes. More information on these proposals will be available during a series of public outreach sessions and a public hearing, on the dates and times listed below:
Good Friday Service
On Friday, April 14, Good Friday, GBT will be operating a Saturday schedule, with Routes 23 and 22x still operating.
Servicio el Viernes Santo
El viernes 14 de abril (Viernes Santo), GBT cumplirá el horario de los sábados, y las Rutas 23 y 22x seguirán operando.
GBT will be installing posters at the terminal which feature a system map and QR codes. In the future we'll be using the QR codes in different ways to help riders get info faster about the buses they use everyday.
Check out the posters and let us know what you think. (There's a QR code on the poster that leads to an online survey.)