July 5, 2022

Shoreline Bus Ridership Up 19%

Soaring gas prices combined with several other factors to boost ridership on the shoreline’s 9 Town Transit bus service by 19% during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

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.”

Since 2009, 9 Town Transit has also expanded the reach of its services. Public bus service is now available from Old Saybrook to New Haven, New London, Middletown and Hartford. And with a fare of just $1.25, many commuters have been lured in by the cost savings over near $4 per gallon gasoline prices. “Our growth has primarily been amongst riders ages 5 – 59, who have grown to 80% of our ridership from about 30% just two years ago, and most of those are commuting to work or school,” says Comerford.

All of these factors contributed to a total annual ridership of over 73,000 passenger trips, the highest in 9TT’s 30 year history, and a two year increase of 40%.

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