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Proposed Service Reductions

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How Bus Service is Funded

The Special Transportation Fund (STF) is part of the State of Connecticut’s budget and represents a major source of funding for transportation in the state. GBT bus operations, like others in the state, are funded through rider fares and financial contributions from the municipalities GBT serves. However, the single largest source of funding comes from the STF and without it, GBT cannot maintain its current service levels. More info about the STF is available here.

 

Funding Sources

 

GBT has faced reductions in funding from the STF since 2015. Our staff has spent the last four years taking steps to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of the bus service. Additionally, we have reduced staff levels and contracted services in an effort to preserve as much of the bus service as possible. However, the most recent proposed cuts in transit funding, which will begin on July 1, 2018, call for a 15% cut in funding, followed by a 50% cut on July 1, 2019. This will result in unavoidable service cuts that will impact thousands of riders, businesses and educational institutions. More info is available here and here.

 

 

Public Meetings & Public Hearing

Until the State Legislature acts to restore funding to the STF, GBT must proceed with these proposed service cuts. GBT will be holding three meetings, to share these proposals with our riders. We encourage all those who are interested in learning more about these cuts or how they can help stop them, to attend one or all of these meetings.

 

Public Meeting

Tuesday, April 10, 2018: 2 PM
2nd Floor Community Room
710 Water Street, Bridgeport

 

Public Meeting

Thursday, April 12, 2018: 11 AM
2nd Floor Community Room
710 Water Street, Bridgeport

 

Public Hearing

Thursday, April 12, 2018: 6 PM
1st Floor Conference Rooms A & B
999 Broad Street, Bridgeport

 

 

Proposed Fare Increases

The following is a summary of proposed fare increases for Spring 2018.

 

  Current Proposed Percent Increase
Base Fare  $1.75  $2.00 14.29%
Base Half Fare  $0.85  $1.00 17.65%
All Day Pass  $4.00  $5.00 25.00%
All Day Pass Half Fare  $2.00  $2.50 25.00%
7 Day Pass  $17.50  $20.00 14.29%
7 Day Pass Half Fare  $8.75  $10.00 14.29%
31 Day Pass  $70.00  $80.00 14.29%
31 Day Pass Half Fare  $35.00  $40.00 14.29%
Youth Pass  $45.00  $50.00 11.11%
GBT Access Service  $3.50  $4.00 14.29%

 



Proposed Service Changes

The following is a summary of proposed service changes for July 2018.

Proposed reductions

 

Route 1

  • Weekday, Saturday and Sunday Route 1 services are proposed to be shortened, to only provide service between the Bridgeport Bus Station and the Dock Shopping Center.

 

Route 3

  • Weekday, Route 3 service is proposed to be reduced to hourly frequency, between approximately 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
  • Saturday Route 3 service is proposed to be reduced to hourly frequency all day.
  • Weekday, Saturday and Sunday Route 3 services are proposed to be routed off of Frank and George Streets and will instead use Harral Avenue and Pequonnock Street., to and from the Bridgeport Bus Station.

 

Route 4

  • Weekday, Route 4 service is proposed to be reduced to hourly frequency, between approximately 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

 

Route 5

  • Weekday, Route 5 service is proposed to be reduced to hourly frequency, between approximately 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
  • Saturday Route 5 service is proposed to be reduced to hourly frequency all day.
  • Sunday Route 5 service is proposed to be suspended.

 

Route 6

  • Weekday, Route 6 service is proposed to be reduced to hourly frequency, between approximately 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
  • Saturday Route 6 service is proposed to be reduced to hourly frequency all day.

 

Route 8

  • The weekday, Route 8 trip, departing Main St. at Commerce Park, at 6:10 AM, is proposed to be suspended.
  • Weekday, Saturday and Sunday Route 8 services are proposed to be routed off of North Frontage Road and will instead use Congress Street, to and from Main Street and the Bridgeport Bus Station.

 

Route 9

  • Weekday, Saturday and Sunday Route 9 service, is proposed to no longer service Atlantic Street and will instead service Park Avenue, on its return to the Bridgeport Bus Station. Service on Iranistan Avenue will remain.
  • Weekday, Route 9 service to Quarry Road is proposed to be suspended.

 

Route 10

  • Weekday, Route 10 service is proposed to be hourly frequency all day.

 

Route 15

  • Weekday, Saturday and Sunday Route 15 services are proposed to be suspended.

 

Route 17

  • Weekday and Saturday Route 17 services are proposed to be suspended.

 

Route 23

  • Weekday, Route 23 service is proposed to be suspended.

 

The above list of proposed service reductions represents the cuts that will need to be made if a 15% reduction in funding occurs, as proposed on July 1, 2018. GBT is now preparing to make those changes. If the proposed 50% reduction in funding occurs next July 1, 2019, the list of proposed service reductions and eliminations will be three times as large.

 

#SOSTF

Stop the Cuts

While GBT is preparing now, to make the above listed service changes, there is still time to stop this from happening. Let your legislator know how important the bus service is to your daily life, your job, your employees, your customers, your students. Tell your legislator to restore funding to the Special Transportation Fund, so GBT and other transit operators in the state do not have to make these drastic service cuts.

 

#SOSTF

 

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