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Your Transit Future

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Over the last year, GBT has been working with the public, community partners and consultants to create a long term transit vision for the region. In September 2015, we will hold community meetings to share our findings with the public. We encourage all people with an interest in the region to attend —from riders to workers to residents— and share your thoughts about our future.

 

Transit Community Meetings

WEDNESDAY September 23, 2015 • 6 PM

Housatonic Community College

900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604

 

THURSDAY September 24, 2015 • 6 PM

Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA

790 Central Ave Bridgeport, CT 06607

 

Several themes and scenarios for the future have emerged from this work. At our meetings we will discuss the data and thought process behind these ideas. Afterward we will have a Question and Answer session so that everyone’s thoughts will be considered.

 

 

Overview of Transit Concepts & Findings

In 2014, we collected bus rider data and conducted surveys to help us take a look at the overall transit system in the region. Below are some of the results and concepts we used to create future scenarios.

 

Public Needs

Public Needs

 

What the public said:

  • New areas serviced or more service to existing areas, such as Kings Highway, Capital Ave, Bridgeport University
  • Extensions of existing routes to make connections
  • Regional connections ranked high
  • Many wanted routings that exist through transfer

 

Public Survey

Public Survey

 

The public survey did not match data on which routes are actually used most often. We’ll talk about that and present data at the public meeting.

 

Frequency vs Coverage

One of the challenges we faced during planning was balancing ridership frequency with coverage. What that means is that a bus service that covers more geography, especially areas with lower ridership, is less frequent (typically, every hour) while a ridership model provides higher frequency (typically, every 15 minutes) bus service through more densely used corridors.

 

Coverage vs Frequency

 

Ridership Model vs Coverage Model

 

What is a Frequent Transit Network?

Frequent Transit Network

 

A Frequent Transit Network provides 15 minute service or better all day, every day. Typically from 6AM to 9PM. It provides less frequent service on off-peak hours.

 

Layered Bus Service

Layered Bus Service

 

During planning it became obvious that some corridors in the region have very high usage all day long. Those areas would benefit from high frequency bus service. We opted to utilize a Layered services model so that local bus routes can be connected with high frequency bus routes. We’ll cover the data and the details in our public meeting.

 

Overview of Proposed Transit Network


High Frequency Routes

Proposed High Frequency Routes

 

In this scenario, Coastal Link and Route 1 are combined to form a cross-town high frequency corridor, providing service every 15 minutes. Bus Route 8 provides uptown-downtown high frequency service.

 

Frequent Bus Routes

Proposed Frequent Bus Routes

 

Routes 9, 10, 13, and 18 provide frequent service and connect with high frequency service. Frequent routes provide service every 20 minutes.

 

Standard Routes

Proposed Standard Routes

 

These routes provide local service to the community.

 

Bus Network

Proposed GBT Bus Network

 

The local bus routes works in conjunction with the frequent bus routes.

 

 

Transit 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.

 

Transit Community Meetings

 

WEDNESDAY September 23, 2015 • 6 PM

Housatonic Community College

900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604

 

THURSDAY September 24, 2015 • 6 PM

Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA

790 Central Ave Bridgeport, CT 06607

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Good Friday Service
On Friday, April 14, Good Friday, GBT will be operating a Saturday schedule, with Routes 23 and 22x still operating.


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