Tropical Storm Watch ● August 2, 2020

Tropical Storm Watch ● August 2, 2020

Tropical Storm Watch - Isaias

Plan Ahead.

This is the time of year when we review our emergency procedures and plans to be sure we are able to keep our services running during severe weather and, if there is an interruption, to resume service as soon as possible following a storm. Part of our preparations include letting our riders and communities know where to go for information about service changes or cancellations during storms of any kind.

Please refer to the latest forecast on Isaias from the National Hurricane Center. While it`s too early to provide any specific details on the impacts from the storm, it needs to be closely monitored. Potential impacts during the Monday night to Wednesday time period include heavy rainfall and tropical storm force winds, coastal flooding, and hazardous surf.

―National Weather Service, 8/2/20

 

Weather Information.

Stay alert and monitor the weather.

REGIONAL WEATHER INFO >>

NATIONAL HURRICANE INFO >>


Current Weather Forecast (8/2/20)

According to the National Weather Service, “Heavy rainfall and flooding will shift into the Northeast late in the day on Tuesday, Aug. 4 into Wednesday, Aug. 5. In addition, Tropical Storm-force winds are possible. This region should be most affected by Isaias after nightfall on Tuesday.”

Isaias Projected Path as of 8-2-20

Isaias Projected Arrival Time as of 8-2-20

 


Stay in Touch.

Whether you are a city bus rider, GBT Access rider, or a business whose employees depend on GBT, this newsletter provides you with a variety of ways to stay in touch and includes tips for planning your trips during weather events.

Plan ahead, stay safe, and keep in touch.


Safety Tips.

A few safety tips during severe weather:

  • Check for updates on services before you leave
  • Keep plenty of additional time in your schedule while traveling
  • Watch your step traveling to and from bus stops and while boarding the bus
  • Always use sidewalks and cross walks

Severe weather can cause delays. The times listed on the GBT schedules are approximate and are subject to delays from weather or other conditions. Please keep this in mind when planning your trip.


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Coronavirus News #14 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● July 27, 2020

Coronavirus News #14 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● July 27, 2020

Coronavirus News for GBT Riders & the Public

What’s Next

Some of our riders are asking, “When will bus service return to normal?” We are almost there. Over the course of the pandemic, GBT has made modifications to service in an effort to protect riders and employees, and provide a predictable service covering the majority of the service area.

We have also been working to keep within our available funding. Where services were reduced, those service hours were reallocated to other routes or “shadow” buses to keep passenger loads lower and prevent crowding on the busiest routes. With the July 20th expansion and the restoration of Route 17 service, 100% of the routes are now in operation and we are working to continue providing “shadow” buses and reduce passenger loads where possible.

Wear A Mask. Protect Yourself. Protect Others. #InThisTogether

Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing plans to provide earlier morning, and later evening service, along with some anticipated improvements to the 19X.

Where do we go from here?

Riders should know that where we go from here depends on several things including the spread of the virus in Connecticut, trends in ridership, our monitoring for crowding, available buses and workforce, funding, and growing demand as the State continues its phased re-opening.

One path is to return to service as it was prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Another is to expand service in response to more specific community demand, while managing crowding, during the phased reopening ― keeping in in mind that services after Covid-19 may not be exactly the same as before. Additionally, some riders have been asking for service levels that are more frequent than before the pandemic.

We are exploring all of these avenues as we monitor the impact of the pandemic on our communities and assess the needs of our riders and the businesses in the region.


GBT Ridership is Returning

Today we are already providing 7,500 trips every day.

GBT ridership is returning. Today we are already providing 7,500 trips every day.


Let Us Know Your Needs

You can help us. If you have a specific service need that is not currently being met (route, day, time, location), please let us know. This will help us to craft our plans as we move through this pandemic together.

Contact Us >>

We will be sure to address your questions and requests in an upcoming issue of this newsletter.


For Employers

We are working with area businesses and leaders to ensure that workers can get to jobs. If you are an employer that has workers impacted by these changes, please contact us.

Contact Us >>


Prevent the Spread

Wear A Mask. Protect Yourself. Protect Others. #InThisTogether
Wear A Mask.

In the meantime, we must all continue to work together to prevent the spread of the virus using social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitizer and ― most importantly ― wearing a face mask.


Mask Give-Away at the Bus Station

GBT will be giving away free masks* on Tuesday, July, 28, 2020 at the bus station during the following hours:

7-9 AM
3-5 PM

GBT Mask Give-Away - July 28, 2020

*While supplies last.


Stay safe and help keep others safe.


Service Announcements

Visit gogbt.com, Facebook, and twitter daily to check for service announcements.


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Coronavirus News #13 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● July 17, 2020

Coronavirus News #13 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● July 17, 2020

Coronavirus News for GBT Riders & the Public

Bus Service Modifications for Route 17

Effective Monday, July 20, 2020

On Monday, July 20, 2020, service modifications to GBT Route 17 will go into effect. Route 17 will be running a modified service schedule, Monday-Saturday. There is no service on Sundays. Previously, Route 17 service was suspended during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The previous service modifications, effective 6/14/2020 are to remain in effect as well.

 

MORE INFO >>


Face Coverings Required on Buses

Riders should practice social distancing and wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. Most are cooperating and we thank you for that.

Some riders are still traveling without masks or face coverings of any kind. This is a danger to themselves and other riders.

Wear A Mask. Protect Yourself. Protect Others. #InThisTogether

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Connecticut Governor Lamont issued an Executive Order requiring the use of masks in public spaces where social distancing is difficult. This includes riding the bus.


Enter and Exit the Bus Through The Rear Doors

Drivers will not be enforcing fare collections during this crisis and the date for the start of enforcement of fare collection is not yet known. Enter and exit through the rear doors of the bus. This will help maintain social distancing to protect drivers and passengers alike. Riders with mobility devices and those requiring the “kneeling” of the bus, may, of course, use the front door.


Reducing the Number of Riders Per Bus

If the buses have too many people on them, we may have to pass by riders waiting at bus stops. Riders will have to wait for the next bus. If this happens, you will see a “Next Bus Please” on the destination sign.

Sit Away From Others On The Bus

On the busiest routes and times of day, we may run “Shadow Buses” ─ a second bus behind the first bus ─ to pick up any people who are still waiting. We may not be able to do this on all routes at all times due to the number of buses and drivers we have.


Stay Away From the Bus Driver

Don’t interact with the bus driver unless you have a special need. Respect the driver’s space. Always leave at least six feet between you and the bus driver.

Stay Away From The Bus Driver.

Bus drivers are working on the front lines to insure people can get to essential jobs at medical facilities and other places like grocery stores and pharmacies.

We need our bus drivers to stay healthy so we can all get through this together. Bus drivers are doing important work and are providing a necessary public service.


Don’t Ride Just Because It’s Free

The temporary cessation of fare collection during this crisis has been implemented to protect drivers and riders by reducing interactions and to stop people from touching the fare box.


Don’t Get on the Bus if You Are Sick

Don’t travel in public if you are sick or suspect you may be sick.


All Riders Must Exit the Bus During Layovers

At the end of each trip, the driver will be instructing all riders to exit the bus during the layover. This is for everyone’s protection. Please follow the direction of your driver.


Stay Away From Others.


Remember These Simple Guidelines

  • Wear a mask or face covering.
  • Stay away from others.
  • Do not travel if you are sick or suspect you may be sick.
  • Do not travel if you do not have to.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently.

More Info >>


Our bus drivers are counting on you to do the right thing.


We All Need Bus Drivers

Our ability to provide continued service depends on the health and availability of our drivers and other employees. It is critical that we all work together to follow these rules so that our community is strong and resilient.

“Thanks so much to the brave and bold bus drivers for getting people to and from work safely. Words cannot even begin the show of care for people who can't drive and disabled persons. Please if you want to help those who can not, learn how to drive a bus. It is not hard and it is fun. :)”— Shannon J., 7/8/2020

“All the drivers should be commemorated for their willingness to come to work and drive the buses amid a virus that is contagious. However, special thanks go out to the trainers and supervisors for their guidance to their drivers in the time of needs during pick up and drop off through the city of Bridgeport and other province.”— Robert L., 7/4/2020

“A huge thank you to all of the GBT bus drivers for their service. Your jobs are truly very essential to all who do not have a car of their own and must rely on public transportation.”— Linda N., 6/25/2020

Help us let bus drivers know how much we value the work they are doing ─ send a Thank You to our bus drivers online. We will make sure that our bus drivers get the messages that you send in.

Thank Bus Drivers >>


For Essential Employers

We are working with area businesses and leaders to ensure that essential workers can still get to jobs. If you are an Essential Employer that has workers impacted by recent service changes or service during the phased reopening, please contact us.

Contact GBT >>


Service Announcements

Visit gogbt.com, Facebook, and twitter daily to check for service announcements.


Stay Connected

Please check in regularly. You can always get the latest information in these places:

gogbt.com/prevention

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Coronavirus News #12 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● June 11, 2020

Coronavirus News #12 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● June 11, 2020

Coronavirus News for GBT Riders & the Public

Bus Service Expansion with State’s Phased Reopening

Effective Sunday, June 14, 2020

On Sunday, June 14, 2020, service modifications will go into effect, in anticipation of increased demand and requests for service by riders and business owners. This service change will increase the amount of scheduled service GBT is operating, ahead of the State of Connecticut’s scheduled June 17th reopening. Under this expanded service plan, riders can access essential destinations in the GBT service area and service will begin earlier and end later than it currently does. This service plan also allows for the continued use of “shadow buses”, to help reduce crowds on buses and passbys by full buses.

GBT Covid Modified Schedules #2

Here’s an overview of all bus service, effective 6/14/2020:

  • Routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 13 and 15 are running a Modified Monday-Saturday schedule and a regular Sunday schedule on Sundays. There is now an earlier start time and a later end time.
  • Route 1, is running a Modified Monday-Friday schedule, a Modified Saturday schedule, and a regular Sunday schedule on Sundays. There is now an earlier start time and a later end time.
  • Coastal Link (CL) is running a modified weekday schedule Monday through Friday, and a modified Saturday schedule on Saturdays. CL is running a regular Sunday schedule on Sundays. There is now an earlier start time and a later end time.
  • Route 5 is running a more frequent Modified Monday-Saturday schedule and a regular Sunday schedule on Sundays. There is now an earlier start time and a later end time. All trips will service Commerce Dr, Black Rock Tpk and Brewster St.
  • Route 9 is running a Modified Monday-Friday schedule, Modified Saturday schedule, and a regular Sunday schedule on Sundays. Monday-Friday includes hourly Quarry Rd service arriving at Quarry Rd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Saturday does not include Quarry Rd service. There is now an earlier start time and a later end time.
  • Route 19x, 22x, and 23 are running a modified schedule with each running one morning and one afternoon trip Monday through Friday.
  • Route 7 is temporarily suspended – Riders should use the Coastal Link (CL).
  • Route 17 is temporarily suspended.

Riders should note that the Bus Tracker and other electronic signage will be limited or unavailable during this time as it will be inaccurate and not reflect these changes.

These changes will be in effect until further notice as GBT is continuing to monitor developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

MORE INFO >>


Face Coverings Required on Buses

Riders should practice social distancing and wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. Most are cooperating and we thank you for that.

Some riders are still traveling without masks or face coverings of any kind. This is a danger to themselves and other riders.

Wear A Mask. Protect Yourself. Protect Others. #InThisTogether

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Connecticut Governor Lamont issued an Executive Order requiring the use of masks in public spaces where social distancing is difficult. This includes riding the bus.


Enter and Exit the Bus Through The Rear Doors

Drivers will not be enforcing fare collections during this crisis and the date for the start of enforcement of fare collection is not yet known. Enter and exit through the rear doors of the bus. This will help maintain social distancing to protect drivers and passengers alike. Riders with mobility devices and those requiring the “kneeling” of the bus, may, of course, use the front door.


Reducing the Number of Riders Per Bus

If the buses have too many people on them, we may have to pass by riders waiting at bus stops. Riders will have to wait for the next bus. If this happens, you will see a “Next Bus Please” on the destination sign.

Sit Away From Others On The Bus

On the busiest routes and times of day, we may run “Shadow Buses” ─ a second bus behind the first bus ─ to pick up any people who are still waiting. We may not be able to do this on all routes at all times due to the number of buses and drivers we have.


Stay Away From the Bus Driver

Don’t interact with the bus driver unless you have a special need. Respect the driver’s space. Always leave at least six feet between you and the bus driver.

Stay Away From The Bus Driver.

Bus drivers are working on the front lines to insure people can get to essential jobs at medical facilities and other places like grocery stores and pharmacies.

We need our bus drivers to stay healthy so we can all get through this together. Bus drivers are doing important work and are providing a necessary public service.


Don’t Ride Just Because It’s Free

The temporary cessation of fare collection during this crisis has been implemented to protect drivers and riders by reducing interactions and to stop people from touching the fare box.


Don’t Get on the Bus if You Are Sick

Don’t travel in public if you are sick or suspect you may be sick.


All Riders Must Exit the Bus During Layovers

At the end of each trip, the driver will be instructing all riders to exit the bus during the layover. This is for everyone’s protection. Please follow the direction of your driver.


Stay Away From Others.


Remember These Simple Guidelines

  • Wear a mask or face covering.
  • Stay away from others.
  • Do not travel if you are sick or suspect you may be sick.
  • Do not travel if you do not have to.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently.

More Info >>


Our bus drivers are counting on you to do the right thing.


We All Need Bus Drivers

Our ability to provide continued service depends on the health and availability of our drivers and other employees. It is critical that we all work together to follow these rules so that our community is strong and resilient.

“Huge thanks to everyone keeping the Greater Bridgeport Transit system running smoothly during this time. All of your hard work helps to ensure that our neighbors are able to get to the store for much needed groceries for their families, and that other essential workers can get to work everyday. So from our essential workers to yours, THANK YOU from Stop & Shop!” —Your friends at Stop & Shop, 5/15/2020

Help us let bus drivers know how much we value the work they are doing ─ send a Thank You to our bus drivers online. We will make sure that our bus drivers get the messages that you send in.

Thank Bus Drivers >>


For Essential Employers

We are working with area businesses and leaders to ensure that essential workers can still get to jobs. If you are an Essential Employer that has workers impacted by recent service changes or service during the phased reopening, please contact us.

Contact GBT >>


Service Announcements

Visit gogbt.com, Facebook, and twitter daily to check for service announcements.


Stay Connected

Please check in regularly. You can always get the latest information in these places:

gogbt.com/prevention

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Coronavirus News #11 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● May 19, 2020

Coronavirus News #11 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● May 19, 2020

Coronavirus News for GBT Riders & the Public

Bus Rules as the State Reopens

As business across the State begin to reopen, maintaining social distancing on the bus will likely become more difficult. Below are the rules in effect during this pandemic.


Face Coverings Required on Buses

Riders should practice social distancing and wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. Most are cooperating and we thank you for that.

Some riders are still traveling without masks or face coverings of any kind. This is a danger to themselves and other riders.

Wear A Mask. Protect Yourself. Protect Others. #InThisTogether

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Connecticut Governor Lamont issued an Executive Order requiring the use of masks in public spaces where social distancing is difficult. This includes riding the bus.


Enter and Exit the Bus Through The Rear Doors

Drivers will not be enforcing fare collections during this crisis and the date for the start of enforcement of fare collection is not yet known. Enter and exit through the rear doors of the bus. This will help maintain social distancing to protect drivers and passengers alike. Riders with mobility devices and those requiring the “kneeling” of the bus, may, of course, use the front door.


The bus is for essential workers only. Stay Safe, Stay Home.


Reducing the Number of Riders Per Bus

If the buses have too many people on them, we may have to pass by riders waiting at bus stops. Riders will have to wait for the next bus. If this happens, you will see a “Next Bus Please” on the destination sign.

Sit Away From Others On The Bus

On the busiest routes and times of day, we may run “Shadow Buses” ─ a second bus behind the first bus ─ to pick up any people who are still waiting. We may not be able to do this on all routes at all times due to the number of buses and drivers we have.


Stay Away From the Bus Driver

Don’t interact with the bus driver unless you have a special need. Respect the driver’s space. Always leave at least six feet between you and the bus driver.

Stay Away From The Bus Driver.

Bus drivers are working on the front lines to insure people can get to essential jobs at medical facilities and other places like grocery stores and pharmacies.

We need our bus drivers to stay healthy so we can all get through this together. Bus drivers are doing important work and are providing a necessary public service.


Don’t Ride Just Because It’s Free

The temporary cessation of fare collection during this crisis has been implemented to protect drivers and riders by reducing interactions and to stop people from touching the fare box.


Don’t Get on the Bus if You Are Sick

Don’t travel in public if you are sick or suspect you may be sick.


All Riders Must Exit the Bus During Layovers

At the end of each trip, the driver will be instructing all riders to exit the bus during the layover. This is for everyone’s protection. Please follow the direction of your driver.


Stay Away From Others.


Remember These Simple Guidelines

  • Wear a mask or face covering.
  • Stay away from others.
  • Do not travel if you are sick or suspect you may be sick.
  • Do not travel if you do not have to.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently.

More Info >>


Our bus drivers are counting on you to do the right thing.


We All Need Bus Drivers

Our ability to provide continued service depends on the health and availability of our drivers and other employees. It is critical that we all work together to follow these rules so that our community is strong and resilient.

“Huge thanks to everyone keeping the Greater Bridgeport Transit system running smoothly during this time. All of your hard work helps to ensure that our neighbors are able to get to the store for much needed groceries for their families, and that other essential workers can get to work everyday. So from our essential workers to yours, THANK YOU from Stop & Shop!” —Your friends at Stop & Shop, 5/15/2020

Help us let bus drivers know how much we value the work they are doing ─ send a Thank You to our bus drivers online. We will make sure that our bus drivers get the messages that you send in.

Thank Bus Drivers >>


For Essential Employers

We are working with area businesses and leaders to ensure that essential workers can still get to jobs. If you are an Essential Employer that has workers impacted by recent service changes or service during the phased reopening, please contact us.

Contact GBT >>


Service Announcements

Visit gogbt.com, Facebook, and twitter daily to check for service announcements.


Stay Connected

Please check in regularly. You can always get the latest information in these places:

gogbt.com/prevention

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Coronavirus News #10 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● May 6, 2020

Coronavirus News #10 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● May 6, 2020

Coronavirus News for GBT Riders & the Public

Thank You to Our Community

Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of Covid-19, and keep drivers and riders safe by following the new rules for wearing a mask while using the bus. Together we can continue to get those front-line, essential people to their jobs.

Wear A Mask. Protect Yourself. Protect Others. #InThisTogether


While You Are At Home…

Over the past eight weeks, we have been working to make improvements to our service and getting ready to welcome you back. Here are some of the projects we are working on for you…

Zero Emission Buses

Through a partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), GBT will soon take delivery of zero tailpipe emission, battery electric buses as part of a Statewide effort to reduce mobile emissions.

The first two of five fully electric buses, built by Proterra in South Carolina, are ready to ship to Bridgeport ─ we expect them in the next few weeks.

New Shelters and Cross Walks at CT Post Mall

This month, GBT completed the installation of new bus stops with shelters and benches at East Town Road in Milford at the CT Post Mall. This project brings the total number of new shelters installed for riders to twenty-seven over the past few years. The shelters are made possible through grants from the Federal Transit Administration and the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Deep Cleaning of the Water Street Bus Station

While the Station is closed to the public as a result of the Coronavirus, we are using the time to do a deep “spring cleaning” and some repairs to the station and the platforms. We’ll be ready for you when the time comes.

GBT Bus Station

The Future of Bus Cleaning

The future of bus cleaning following the Coronavirus will be different. While social distancing and face masks are likely to be with us for some time to come, today we are exploring new processes, and materials and equipment to better clean and disinfect buses and facilities.

Disinfecting buses.

Through the spring and summer, we will be implementing the new processes to ensure that you have the cleanest buses possible. Also, thanks to a grant from the Federal Transit Administration, we will soon be hiring additional new cleaners and service lane employees to lead this effort.

Stay tuned for new job openings.


Stay Connected

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Coronavirus News #9 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● April 27, 2020

Coronavirus News #9 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● April 27, 2020

Coronavirus News for GBT Riders & the Public

Thank You to Our Community

Wear A Mask. Protect Yourself. Protect Others. #InThisTogether Brought to you by Greater Bridgeport Transit.

There have been many changes and new rules lately ─ social distancing, boarding through the rear door, wearing a mask, and using hand sanitizer. All of us at GBT thank you for being a partner in the effort to stop the spread of Covid-19, protect other riders and staff, and help us get essential workers to their jobs.

We really are in this together and are looking forward to the day we can welcome everyone back. Until then, stay safe and stay at home if you can.


The bus is for essential workers only. Stay Safe, Stay Home.


Face Coverings Now Required on Buses

For several weeks we have been asking riders to practice social distancing and to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. Most are cooperating and we thank you for that.

Some riders are still traveling without masks or face coverings of any kind. This is a danger to themselves and other riders.

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Connecticut Governor Lamont issues an Executive Order requiring the use of masks in public spaces ─ including riding the bus ─ where social distancing is difficult.

Here are the new rules:

Any person in a public space who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of at least six feet must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose;

In addition, individuals shall use a mask or cloth face covering when using public bus transit, within a bus shelter or any transit waiting area.

For your safety and the safety of others, the use of a mask is now required by Executive Order of the Governor of the State of Connecticut.


Help Us Thank Bus Drivers

Help us let bus drivers know how much we value the work they are doing ─ send a Thank You to our bus drivers online. We will make sure that our bus drivers get the messages that you send in.

“Thank you to all the bus drivers for putting yourselves at risk so those of us that need to can get from place to place. We appreciate you guys! I want to send a special shout out to the drivers on the bus I ride the most when I do need to go out #8! THANK YOU ALL, GOD BLESS.”— Jeane K., 4/15/2020

See more messages from riders here>>


Remember These Simple Guidelines

  • Do not travel if you are sick or suspect you may be sick.
  • Do not travel if you do not have to.
  • Always wear a mask on the bus, at bus stops, and at the bus station.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently.

Find out more at the Centers for Disease Control>>


Stay Connected

Please check in regularly. You can always get the latest information in these places:

gogbt.com/prevention

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Coronavirus News #8 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● April 20, 2020

Coronavirus News #8 ● for GBT Riders & the Public ● April 20, 2020

Coronavirus News for GBT Riders & the Public

Face Coverings Now Required on Buses

For several weeks we have been asking riders to practice social distancing and to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. Most are cooperating and we thank you for that.

Some riders are still traveling without masks or face coverings of any kind. This is a danger to themselves and other riders.

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Connecticut Governor Lamont issues an Executive Order requiring the use of masks in public spaces ─ including riding the bus ─ where social distancing is difficult.

Here are the new rules:

Any person in a public space who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of at least six feet must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose;

In addition, individuals shall use a mask or cloth face covering when using public bus transit, within a bus shelter or any transit waiting area.

For your safety and the safety of others, the use of a mask is now required by Executive Order of the Governor of the State of Connecticut.


Service Change Revisions

There have been several slight modifications to the bus schedules since Monday, 4/13/2020, due to the needs of essential employers in our region.

Here’s an overview of all services, effective 4/17/2020:

  • Routes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, and 13 are running a Sunday schedule seven days a week
  • Coastal Link (CL) is running a modified schedule Monday through Friday, and a modified Saturday schedule on Saturdays. CL is running a regular Sunday schedule on Sundays
  • Routes 8 and 15 are running a modified schedule Monday through Saturday. Both routes are running a regular Sunday schedule on Sundays
  • Route 19x, 22x, and 23 are running a modified schedule with each running one morning and one afternoon trip Monday through Friday
  • Route 7 is temporarily suspended – Riders should use the Coastal Link (CL)
  • Route 17 is temporarily suspended

Get Details Here >>

These changes will be in effect until further notice as GBT is continuing to monitor developments regarding the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Riders should note that the Bus Tracker and other electronic signage will be limited or unavailable during this time as it will be inaccurate and not reflect these changes.


The bus is for essential workers only. Stay Safe, Stay Home.


We All Need Bus Drivers

Our ability to provide continued service depends on the health and availability of our drivers and other employees. It is critical that we all work together to follow these rules so that our community is strong and resilient.

Our bus drivers are counting on you to do the right thing.

Help us let bus drivers know how much we value the work they are doing ─ send a Thank You to our bus drivers online. We will make sure that our bus drivers get the messages that you send in.

“Thank you guys for ALL You’re Doing! 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗👼👼” —Amy J., 3/31/2020


Remember These Simple Guidelines

  • Do not travel if you are sick or suspect you may be sick.
  • Do not travel if you do not have to
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently.

Find out more at the Centers for Disease Control>>


Stay Connected

Please check in regularly. You can always get the latest information in these places:

gogbt.com/prevention

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