CT Bus Diaries

Can Bus Woes Be Solved?

by Krystina Morgan and Cristina D'Almeida | Dec 29, 2014 9:15 am

If your bus is late—at least soon you’ll be able to know it.

That’s one improvement among others that CT Transit officials promise are on the way for New Haven’s buses. Riders—and potential riders who stay away—say improvements can’t come too soon.

 

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Cleaner Air, Upgrades Increase Cost of CT Transit Maintenance

by Hannah Spreckley | Dec 16, 2014 2:42 pm | Comments (4)

With the new parts and machinery constantly being updated, more time and money have to be spent maintaining buses on the CT Transit lines.

The cost of bus maintenance for CT Transit’s New Haven division increased by $3.5 million, or 46 percent, from 1996 to 2012.

The maintenance costs have remained between 18 and 23 percent of the total budget, as all CT Transit costs in New Haven have increased during that same time period.

The figures come from budget data posted on the National Transit Database, which collects information about all transit districts in the United States.

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28 CT Transit Bus Injuries Reported In City This Year

by Emily Lanno and Ratasha Smith | Dec 15, 2014 9:04 am | Comments (1)

On a winter bus ride four years ago, a CT Transit bus driver swung the bus right, and Maria Nuzzo fell out of her seat.

“The bus [driver] was going very fast,” said Nuzzo, who commuted from East Haven to New Haven for 30 years. “I was sitting at the end of the seat and when he went to take a right turn, he took it so sharp. I fell on my hands and knees.”

Nuzzo, who has arthritis, said falling hurt.

When she got to work, Nuzzo said, she called the bus company and complained. But because she wasn’t taken away in an ambulance, her incident went untracked in a database of transit injuries. To show up in a spreadsheet of injuries tracked by the National Transit Database, a passenger, driver or pedestrian needs to be taken away from the bus in an ambulance.

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