31% of Train Riders Get There By Bus
The car is not the only way to reach your train connection. A recent study found that thirty-one percent of train riders boarding at Downtown Bridgeport arrived there by bus. It is not surprising when the bus station is connected to the train station by a well lighted, covered pedestrian bridge and most GBT buses arrive at the bus station every 20 or 30 minutes during peak commute times.
By taking the bus to the train, commuters also avoid the cost of parking their cars and dealing first-hand with traffic. An additional benefit is a reduction in carbon emissions and highway congestion in the region. If you are a train rider and have never considered taking the bus to the train or if you are currently searching for a job or planning other travel, it may be worth considering the bus-to-train option.
Downtown Bridgeport is not the only place you can catch a bus to the train. GBT Coastal Link (CL) buses also serve Stratford Station and the Fairfield Station at Unquowa Road. In Stratford, you can also take GBT Route One on Barnum Avenue to Main Street and walk down to the train station.
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If the schedules work for you, there is another compelling reason to take the bus to the train – the Metro North UniTicket program. UniTickets allow riders to take the bus to the train with one easy-to-use monthly or weekly pass at a reduced rate. You can buy a Uniticket when you buy your monthly or weekly MetroNorth train pass.
The cost of the Uniticket (in addition to your train fare) for connections to all GBT buses is $31.00 a month, a savings of $39.00 over GBT's regular 31-day pass. To board GBT buses – just flash your Uniticket to the driver and you’re on.
Choice of Transportation: GBT Route 19 Express
We caught up with Susan at the GBT bus terminal during a recent public event about proposed service changes. Susan commutes from home in Monroe to her banking job in downtown Bridgeport every day. “My husband drops me off at the bus stop and the 19 express brings me to the bus terminal in downtown Bridgeport which is a short walk to my job,” Susan told us. “If there was an additional bus on the weekends, I would take it to my second job in Westport by connecting to the Coastal Link.”
“On the 19 express, we have a nice little commuter club that would highly recommend taking the bus – be green and reduce your carbon footprint.”
Susan uses GBT’s 31-day bus pass and is part of a program that her employer offers which partially pays for the pass and allows Susan to pay for the remainder of the cost with pre-tax dollars. “Now traveling to work costs me about a dollar a day. Without the bus, I would have to go back to my twenty-seven mile commute which used to cost me at least $50 dollars each week.” “It’s nice to have someone else driving me too,” she added.
We asked Susan if there were any improvements that we could make to the service. “I think GBT should do more marketing of the service in suburban locations. A lot of people don’t know about some of the routes.” She also suggested that GBT consider adding an additional evening trip after the 5:41 departure from the downtown bus station heading to Monroe, “an additional trip may be able to attract more of the train commuters from New York,” she said.
Thanks for riding with us Susan!
Interested in the 19 X service between Bridgeport and Monroe? Find out more here.
Top left to right: Dean Farmassony, Sean Liggins, James Gantt, Larry Kendricks and Marvester Robinson
At the 2016 Connecticut Statewide Transit Roadeo — where the best bus operators from across Connecticut compete in a series of courses designed to test their driving abilities — GBT had three winners:
Marvester Robinson – 2nd Place 40 Foot Bus
Games Gantt – 3rd Place 35 Foot Bus
Larry Kendricks - 2nd Place – Mini-Buses
Congratulations to all of the winners and all those who participated!
The CT DOT is conducting a statewide study of bus services. Your ideas will be used to help make the bus transit system better meet the needs of Connecticut’s residents and employees. The online workshop will be open from July 25th - August 5th. Go to ctbusstudy.com to participate!
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.