The shoreline’s public bus system, 9 Town Transit, once again saw tremendous growth in bus ridership during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, with passenger trips up 29% over the prior year.
9 Town Transit Executive Director Joseph Comerford contributes the growth to expanded service hours and improved awareness of the service. “I think we’ve really gotten the word out that our service is not just for seniors, and we’ve expanded our hours to make commuting to work a real possibility. 80% of our customers are now under 60, and about 50 % of those are going to work.”
Since 2009, 9 Town Transit has also expanded the reach of its services. Public transit service is now available from Old Saybrook to New Haven, New London, Middletown and Hartford, and new service was recently added in Haddam. And at a fare of $1.50, it offers a big relief from rising gas prices.
These factors contributed to a total annual ridership of over 94,000 passenger trips, the highest in 9TT’s 31 year history, and a three year increase of 80%. Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.