CTTransit to add new cross-town Sunday bus route in East Hartford

By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Tue., Mar. 26, 2013
The new cross-town bus service starting in April will allow riders opportunities to get not only through the downtown area, but also to connect with other bus routes where Sunday service is already available such as to restaurants, shops, church services and Goodwin College. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

Traveling is going to get a little easier in East Hartford starting Sunday, April 21. At the request of Mayor Marcia Leclerc and numerous residents, CTTransit will be adding a Sunday bus route between Prestige Park and the Putnam Bridge Plaza.

“About 17 months ago residents from Miller Gardens and the School Street Square area voiced concerns that they were unable to get to worship service or grocery shopping on Sundays because the transportation did not run,” said Leclerc. “This was an issue for numerous years, and in discussion with my office staff, we were able to pull communications from years past when the former mayor had requested in writing the expansion of services for residents who live along the Main Street corridor.”

Leclerc said the issues also came up in community chats and in public meeting, and that ultimately she was able to meet with David Lee, the general manager of CTTransit, to review maps, routes and bus stops. He then took that information back to the CTTransit board for further discussion.

“We have the opportunity to change routes and schedules three times a year,” said Philip Fry, assistant general manager with planning and marketing for the state-owned bus transit system. “We have an internal committee that looks at routes and schedules and considers changes at those times.”

Fry said CTTransit put forth an option to provide some minimal service to East Hartford residents for Sunday travel so they would not have to take a bus all the way to Hartford and then change buses again just to get across town.

The new route runs from Prestige Park through the downtown area and out to the Putnam Bridge Plaza and will provide bus-users the opportunity to more easily access shopping and other venues on Sundays. The bus will loop from Putnam Plaza on Main Street, north on Main to School Street, School Street to Park Avenue, and turn south onto Main Street and back to the Putnam Plaza.

“There are many apartment complexes and homes within immediate access of the Main Street corridor that runs from the Glastonbury line to the South Windsor line. The addition of this route will provide residents cross-town access and provide connections to other routes providing unlimited transportation opportunities,” said Leclerc.

“The Putnam Plaza has restaurants, coffee shops, retail, home goods, party stores, grocery, consignment stores, pharmacies and the like,” said Leclerc, adding that the new accessibility is not just limited to that plaza, but also to a host of other restaurants, stores, Goodwin College, worship centers and businesses. “The entire town will become accessible through the addition of the 95 Route Sunday service,” she said.

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