Durham residents will soon have greater mobility with new access to a regional transit system. Beginning July 1, the town of Durham will begin a contract with 9 Town Transit to provide general public Dial-A-Ride service throughout the town.
9 Town Transit, operated by the Estuary Transit District, currently provides Dial-A-Ride service throughout Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, East Haddam, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Any location within Durham will now also be included in the new expanded service area.
Middletown including Stop & Shop supermarket, downtown, Middlesex Hospital and the Saybrook Road area medical offices.
Previously, only Durham seniors and persons with a disability through an application process could utilize public transit. That service, provided by Middletown Area Transit, will continue to operate within Durham, Middlefield, Middletown, Portland and East Hampton for those residents meeting these criteria. The new service by 9 Town Transit will be available to the general public who do not meet these criteria, or seniors and persons with disabilities traveling to the 9 Town Transit region.
The partnership is a direct result of information sharing fostered by the recently expanded council of governments and the efforts of Durham First Selectman Laura Francis. "I am happy to begin our business relationship with 9 Town Transit, which will allow all residents of Durham to get reliable, affordable transportation," says Francis.
To reserve a trip, customers will call 9 Town Transit at least one day in advance. The fare will be $3 each way, with seniors age 60 and over eligible to ride at a suggested donation of $1.50. The hours of service is 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The service is open to the general public with no age restrictions. All vehicles are fully accessible with wheelchair lifts and service is available for any trip purpose.
Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at http://www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-554-0551.