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Tell Your Legislator: Stop the Transit Cuts

Cuts to transit districts in Connecticut are slated to begin on July 1, 2018, if the state legislature does not act now to restore funding. This means that there will be a 15% cut on July 1, 2018 and a 50% cut on July 1, 2019 to bus service in the Greater Bridgeport Region. Other areas in the state will also be affected.

 

Areas Where Transit Will Be Cut

Map: Areas Where Transit Will Be Cut


 

What Does This Mean for Bus Riders?

After several years of reduced funding, GBT has already taken many steps to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of the bus service – from reductions in staff , drivers and contracted services to route eliminations, and frequency and service span reductions . What this means is that GBT will have to make major cuts to bus service starting July 1, 2018, if the State Legislature does not act now to restore funding.



Cuts Made in October 2017

Map: Cuts Made in 2017 


Cuts Planned for July 2018

Map: Cuts Planned for 2018


 

Cuts Planned for July 2019
Map: Cuts Planned for 2019

 

 

Key Recommendations

The Connecticut Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth published its key recommendations to improve the state economy on March 1, 2018. Among its recommendations are:

  • Immediate receipt by the STF of the new car sales tax (not phased in over the five years through 2025 as current statute dictates); and
  • Raise the gas tax immediately to fund transportation projects and produce a plan for eventual implementation of electronic tolls
  • Reinvest in transportation and cities, and build a major new STEM campus in one city in partnership with a major research university




“Transportation is obviously a key priority. Investments in transportation have a high return to the state in economic activity and job creation...It is the Commission’s conclusion that in order to maintain Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure and to enhance economic growth, substantial additional capital expenditures are required as well as dedicated revenue streams.”

The Connecticut Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth

 

 

How You Can Help

Doing nothing is not an option. Waiting another year for a new innovative funding solution is an unacceptable gamble. A fix is needed quickly. If bus service is important to you, please speak up. Let your legislators know how cuts to transit will impact you directly and let your legislators know that you support the key recommendations of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth. 

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Rider Alerts

Jul 6, 2018

Detour on GBT Rt 8 – Alert#2:
Due to road closures and construction at Main St and Fairfield Ave in downtown Bridgeport, GBT Route 8 is detouring as follows: Bus departs from the bus station, turning right onto Water St, left on Congress St, and then right on Main St to resume the regular route. The route is reversed on the return.



Jul 6, 2018

Detour on GBT Rt 8

Due to road closures, GBT route 8 will be using Congress street in both directions. Passengers who usually board or alight at the train station on Water Street should use the bus terminal.



Jul 6, 2018

BOC Meeting Cancellation
The July 11, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting has been cancelled. There will be a Special Meeting on July 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM. More Info>>



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“We’ve recognized from the outset that an effective, forward-looking transportation system is absolutely key to economic growth.”

 

—Robert Patricelli, co-chair of Connecticut's Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth

 

 

What is the STF and Why Does It Matter?

 

The Special Transportation Fund (STF) is a part of the State of Connecticut’s budget. A major funding source for the STF is gasoline tax. Those dollars are meant to fund all transportation projects in the state, from highways and bridges to buses, trains and ports.

 

The fact is that the STF is projected to begin running a deficit in July 2018 and that means that there will be major budget cuts in the state to all transportation infrastructure and services — highways, bridges, roads, bus and train service, and ports — unless something is done now to restore funds to the STF.

 

 

“Something has to be done, and tolls are still several years out,” Rojas said. “We have an immediate need for revenue.”

 

—State Rep. Jason Rojas, D-East Hartford