In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transportation. That is the highest ridership in the past 58 years. In the Bridgeport region alone, ridership has grown from 5.2 million boardings annually to just under 6 million. There are lots of benefits that come from using public transportation – it can enhance personal opportunities for people from every walk of life, it saves fuel and reduces congestion, it can help drive community growth and supports economic development.
This Earth Day, it is worth remembering some of the environmental benefits that come from public transportation. According to the American Public Transportation Association, it reduces our nation’s carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons annually. One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce his or her daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds, or more than 4,800 pounds in a year. A single commuter switching his or her commute to public transportation can reduce a household’s carbon emissions by 10 percent and up to 30 percent if he or she eliminates a second car.
And for that that public transit riders, we thank you!
In the spring of 2001 and through a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Transportation, GBT began operating two hybrid diesel-electric buses in regular service. These buses were well received by riders and have demonstrated an improvement in fuel efficiency. Today, GBT is preparing to award a contract to add twenty more hybrid buses to its fleet.
The new hybrid buses are part of a larger forty bus replacement and are part of GBT’s continuous efforts to make its operations greener. Funding for the new buses will come from the Federal Transit Administration and the Connecticut Department of Transportation
You may have noticed that new bus shelters are popping up around the city. We’ve completed installing nine new shelters and have nine more going up this Spring.
Park Ave. at Atlantic Ave.
Park Ave. at Linden Ave.
Madison Ave. at North Branch Library
Madison Ave. at Eckart St.
Noble Ave. at Boston Ave.
Main St. at Hawley Ave.
Palisade Ave. at JFK Campus Entrance
Park Ave. at North Ave.
John St. at Park Ave.
Fairfield Ave. at Ellsworth St.
Huntington Tpk. at Priscilla St.
Connecticut Ave. at Waterman St.
Boston Ave. at Carnegie Ave.
Main St. at Arch St. (Southbound)
Palisade Ave. at Bishop Curtis Homes
Palisade Ave. at Fireside Apartments
E. Main St. at Barnum Ave.
Boston Ave. at Weber Ave.
Please join us on Earth Day, April 22, 2016.
Every year we like to take the opportunity to thank our riders on Earth Day. Whether you take the bus to work or school, the grocery or the doctor, the park or downtown — we want to thank you. Your support helps make the Bridgeport region a healthier and more prosperous community. Thank You!
April 22 | GBT Bus Station
LOCATION: 710 Water Street, Bridgeport CT 06608
Stop on by the GBT Bus Station for our annual event. We'll have free T-shirts and reusable shopping bags while supplies last. We hope to see you there!
6:30 am - 8:30 am | Reusable Bag Giveaway
A big Thank You to all our riders! Stop by to get your free GBT bag, while supplies last.
4 pm | T-shirt Giveaway
A big Thank You to all our riders! Stop by to get this year’s Earth Day T-shirt, designed by Bridgeport artist Jack Tom. T-shirts available while supplies last.
April 21, 2016 | 10 AM - 7:30PM | McLevy Green, downtown Bridgeport
The Kennedy Center’s Maggie Daly Arts Coop (MDAC) and the Bijou Theatre are very excited to be hosting the first annual Bridgeport EarthFest on April 21, 2016. This celebration will bring all sectors of the community together to learn, experience and celebrate Earth Day through the arts. More Info >>
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.