Bus service linking the University of Connecticut’s flagship campus in Storrs with the newly opened Hartford branch and the UConn health center in Farmington has been a major success, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday.
The CTtransit bus route has served more than 32,000 passenger trips since its launch on Aug. 13.
“To bolster our future and create a robust economy, we must invest in our transportation infrastructure and our higher education system,” Malloy said. “The collaboration between UConn and the Department of Transportation on this route is noteworthy as it provides students and faculty a much-needed public transportation link between the Storrs campus, the Hartford campus, and the UConn Health Center in Farmington.”
In October, the service averaged 439 weekday trips, 324 trips on Saturdays, and 228 trips on Sundays. More than half of passengers on the route used the new U-Pass CT program, a new service that allows unlimited use of all buses and trains within the state. The cost of the program is included in university fees paid by UConn students.
“As you can tell from the ridership numbers, this was a service that members of the UConn community had wanted for a long time,” university president Susan Herbst said. “A reliable, efficient means of public transportation between our state capital and Storrs is a tremendous amenity, and there has never been a better time for it. With the opening of our downtown Hartford campus this semester, this new route plays a vital role in the academic and social lives of UConn students, faculty, and staff. This service is going to benefit UConn and the region for many years to come.”
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