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Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

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Sen. Cassano Welcomes Expansion of CT Transit to Storrs Campus

As a longtime advocate of extending state CTtransit bus service from Manchester and Tolland into Storrs and the UConn campus, state Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester) today welcomed an announcement by Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the state Department of Transportation that beginning August 13, the existing CTtransit bus route between Hartford and Tolland is expanding eastward and will now include new stops in Storrs.

The route extension will—for the first time ever—provide UConn students, faculty, and staff the ability to connect to the main UConn campus in Storrs, the downtown Hartford campus, and UConn Health in Farmington via public transit, in addition to a wide variety of other destinations in between.

“This is great news for thousands of people who have long been looking for a quick and easy and inexpensive way to get from UConn into Hartford and beyond, and vice-versa. It’s an idea I have been supporting for a long time,” Sen. Cassano said. “Not only is this great for sports fans and shoppers and young people looking to shuttle between Hartford and Storrs, it’s great for students and researchers who are looking to connect with the new UConn campus in Hartford, or the UConn Health Center in Farmington. It’s also the kind of transportation upgrade that businesspeople and employees have been waiting for.”

CTtransit is the DOT-owned bus service that operates 136 local routes and 24 express bus routes in the Hartford area. UConn students are eligible to ride the bus at no charge simply by showing their student ID and a UPass obtained through the university, the costs of which are included in their university fees.

The extended bus route will run hourly, and will include the following stops:

  • Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, Storrs Center (Connections to UConn Transportation for travel around campus and for connections to Willimantic)
  • UConn campus Whitney Hall
  • Route 195 at Route 44 (Four Corners)
  • Tolland park and ride lot
  • Buckland Hills Mall
  • Manchester—Buckland park and ride (Bus Stops A & B)
  • Downtown Hartford at Central Row (a short walk to UConn Hartford campus and connections to other local and express bus services)
  • Union Station, Hartford
  • CTfastrak Sigourney Street station (transfer available via CTfastrak Route 121 to UConn Health in Farmington)
Commuters on the extended route will have the ability to connect to the CTfastrak bus network in central Connecticut, as well as the upcoming Hartford Line commuter rail system, which will launch in May 2018 and provide more frequent train service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield. The new bus route’s hours of operations will be:
  • Weekdays: 5:45 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturdays: 6:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Sundays: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

UConn’s downtown Hartford campus, which is located on Prospect Street at the site of the former Hartford Times building, will open later this month in time for the fall 2017 semester.

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