Over the last year, GBT has been busy with efforts to improve the rider experience outside the bus. Through grants from the Federal Transit Administration and the Connecticut Department of Transportation, GBT has been working to make the bus system more comfortable and convenient for our current riders and more attractive to prospective riders.
Water Street Station. Photo Credit: Susan Rubinsky
New shelters, benches, improved lighting and landscaping have been installed at the bus station, at the Trumbull Mall hub and throughout the city.
New Benches at the Water Street Station. Photo Credit: Susan Rubinsky
GBT has also been working with local municipalities and the state to install and improve sidewalks and crosswalks.
Trumbull Mall Hub. Photo Credit: Susan Rubinsky
A new bus hub at the Trumbull Mall was completed in 2014. The old platforms were replaced and expanded and five new lighted shelters and benches were installed along with new landscaping. The new hub was designed to reduce travel around the entire mall, cutting over 100 unnecessary miles daily from bus routes. This time savings helps buses better serve riders and reduces waste of fuel and wear and tear on buses.
Working with the City of Bridgeport this summer, GBT has installed six new shelters. Concrete pads are being poured for four more and by the end of this year’s construction season, with a total of nine installed by the end of 2015. Over the next few years, we plan on installing a total of sixty new shelters. The shelter design was developed with assistance of GBT’s Passenger Advisory Committee (PAC) to provide protection from the elements and the maximum amount of seating possible.
Nearly all of GBT’s bus routes depart from the Water Street Station in downtown Bridgeport. Competed in 2007, we recently made a series of improvements for safety, comfort and appearance. More efficient LED lighting has been added to all of the canopies which is brighter than the original lighting. We’ve installed benches and landscaping turning the bus station into a more welcoming and inviting public space. Along the A berths, new material has been added to replace the mulch which required annual upkeep. The new material allows rain to pass through to reduce storm water runoff, which is better for the environment, does not need annual maintenance, looks great and is made of 256 recycled tires.
We think that improvements like these make for a better travel experience and hope that you like them. If you have ideas for amenities you would like to see, you can share them with us here>>
To see more photos of recent improvements, just click on the image below.
The use of bus service in the Bridgeport Region has been growing steadily for the past five years. Ridership has grown from 5.2 million trips to 5.9 million trips annually with more than 21,000 passengers each day.
GBT considers reasonable modifications to its services to assist riders with disabilities and to ensure that any individual’s disability does not preclude her/him from having full access to GBT’s services. Find out more about reasonable modifications by calling 203-366-7070 extension 131.
TOD Community Meetings in September
Join us to learn about the long term transit plan for the region, including high frequency and new bus service, transit corridors, and other transit improvements.
DATE CHANGE! THURSDAY September 24, 2015 • Evening - Time to be Announced
Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA
790 Central Ave Bridgeport, CT 06607
WEDNESDAY September 23, 2015 • Evening - Time to be Announced
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604
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.