November 28, 2021

As Gas Prices Soar, Bus Ridership Rises

With gasoline prices now topping $4.00 per gallon, shoreline residents are turning in record numbers to public transit to ease the pain at the pump.

Last month, ridership on 9 Town Transit (9TT), the shoreline’s public bus system, reached an all time high 7,600 trips.  The increase, 30% higher than in March of 2010, is being attributed to high gas prices combined with improved service hours.

“We recently expanded the hours of most of our routes to accommodate commuters,” says Joseph Comerford, Executive Director of 9TT.  “The change has made it possible to travel to and from work by bus in our region.”

In addition to extended hours of service, 9TT has expanded its service area in the past two years.  Bus service is now available from Old Saybrook to Middletown and New London.  Free transfers can also be made to New Haven, Norwich, and Hartford. 

With fares ranging from $1.25 to $2.50, public transit can offer users significant savings.  Discounted tickets and passes can also be purchased at area Stop & Shop stores and Adam’s Market in Deep River. 9TT provides service to all parts of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, and all services are open to the general public.

Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.