Starting Sunday, CTtransit bus service will extend out to the University of Connecticut's Storrs campus.
Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker announced the expansion of the existing Hartford to Tolland route.
They said the route will now provide UConn students, faculty and staff the ability to connect to the main campus, the downtown Hartford campus, the UConn Health Center in Farmington and a number of other destinations.
“An investment in our transportation system is an investment in our economic development, and it makes great sense to considerably improve connections between campuses within our state’s flagship university,” Malloy said. “By linking these three campuses together via public transit, in addition to the ability to connect to other destinations in central Connecticut, including the upcoming Hartford Line rail commuter system with convenient connections to Bradley International Airport, we are making smart investments in our economy.”
Republican lawmakers, however, said with a lack of a state budget, attention should be placed elsewhere.
"We share Gov. Malloy’s frustration over the state budget impasse given that Republicans have put forth numerous budgets and cost saving SEBAC alternatives," said Rep. Themis Klarides, House Republican leader. "We are asking Gov. Malloy to reconsider expanding bus service to the UConn campuses at this time as services for the needy, including elderly food programs and support for the disabled, are being cut."
Klarides said the expansion does not represent a pressing need.
“This is a highly subsidized bus line that, even if the rosy rider participation estimates prove reasonably accurate, will cost the DOT at least $1 million to operate," she said. "If the governor decides to go ahead with this plan we will then appeal to our Democrat colleagues to reconsider this issue as we implement budget language.’’
UConn students can ride the bus at no charge. All that's needed is a student ID and a UPass, which can be obtained through the school.
“The initiation of this service represents a major partnership between UConn and the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and represents our shared vision of the importance of quality transit service for the university,” Redeker said. “Transit service has been very popular with college students, and we are thrilled to being able to extend the reach of our system to Storrs."
The buses will run hourly and include these stops:
The bus routes hours of operation will be weekdays from 5:45 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
To see a map of the route, click here.
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