200K Hopped Aboard

For the third straight year, more and more people are hopping on the free green shuttle to travel between the Green and the train station.

That’s according to new figures from CT Transit. The number of people taking the free bus from the Green to Union Station topped 200,000 in 2012, part of a steady increase in ridership since the service was introduced in 2009.

“I think it’s an impressive number,” said traffic czar Jim Travers.

The shuttle, a CT Transit bus painted green, runs in back-to-back 20-minute loops, taking people between the station to the Green. The shuttle runs between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and stops at eight locations.

The shuttle started in 2009 after conversations between the city and CT Transit about a “missing link” connecting train riders with the Green, the site of the largest number of bus transfers in town, Travers said. “They recognized it and put the free shuttle in place.”

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posted by: anonymous on January 21, 2013  4:34pm

Can we paint a huge green stripe on the road to show where it goes?

posted by: BenBerkowitz on January 21, 2013  4:40pm

This is awesome. I thought it would be effective to have a green line painted in the road that would delineate the shuttle’s path. The rails are what make it easy to find a trolley when you are new to a place or a service is new to the place. The green paint could do the same.

If you like the suggestion or have another one for better free shuttle way finding: http://seeclickfix.com/issues/336897-paint-a-green-line-in-the-middle-of-the-road-wherever-the-free-shuttle-goes

posted by: new havener on January 21, 2013  9:01pm

the green line will confuse us on the st. paddy’s day parade…we are conditioned to follow the green line…if you paint a loop the parade will never end???

posted by: Curious on January 22, 2013  12:26pm

New Havener…that is the funniest thing I have ever read on this site.