GBT Newsletter | August 26, 2014
At GBT, we are moving more people every day. A growing number of people are choosing public transportation to get to work, school, shopping centers, healthcare facilities, and to travel for many other reasons.
During the last year, the number of riders boarding GBT buses grew by over 200,000 and we now have more than 21,000 riders boarding every weekday.
Our riders are getting to jobs, attending college, visiting family and friends, and traveling throughout and beyond the region. Many riders use GBT to connect with Metro North or other transit agencies to get to jobs throughout Fairfield county. People in our community are leaving cars behind, living closer to where they work, and know their choice of transportation makes a difference to the environment.
To meet the growing demand, we are planning for the replacement of more than forty buses in 2015-2016 with larger, cleaner buses and we are making improvements to our maintenance facility to accommodate them.
We are also planning for new services. Starting this Fall we are planning on adding an additional bus with an earlier departure on Sundays to the Coastal Link route to help alleviate crowding. We will make an announcement at goGBT.com and on Facebook and twitter at that time.
In addition, we are currently working with the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council to create a long term plan to address the growing demand for public transit services and to create a better transit system that meets the needs of residents, employers, and visitors well into the future. This project will develop bus service expansion plans including service to new locations, better frequency, better connections and later service, among other things.
As part of this project we will be conducting public outreach meetings this Fall and hope you will be a part of this effort. There will be opportunities to attend community meetings, participate in the project through online surveys and through do-it-yourself kits for individuals and community organizations. You can also participate online or follow the project’s progress on the GBRC website and on Facebook and twitter.
The more you participate, the better we can prepare for the future and create a system that improves the quality of life of our community.
Thanks to a partnership with the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), GBT will receive almost 13 Million in funding to purchase new 40 foot hybrid (diesel/electric) buses similar to the two hybrid buses already operating in the Greater Bridgeport Region.
This funding — from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program — is part of a statewide effort to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion and will become available in the 2015-16 fiscal year.
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.
Join us to explore this very real and important community issue. The following topics will be discussed: how and when to stop driving, helping your loved ones decide to stop driving, what transportaion alternatives are available, and more.
with special guest presenter
Dr. Dale Atkins
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Westport Center for Senior Activities
21 Imperial Ave, Westport, CT
with a presentation of the
acclaimed documentary Old People Driving
Thursday, September 18, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 pm
720 Pequot Ave, Southport, CT