Getting from Point A to Point B for those who either don't have a car or prefer public transit is taking a leap forward here. Greater Bridgeport Transit is preparing to launch a bus route from Trumbull to Monroe and wants to hear what potential bus riders have to say about it.
The pilot route would extend from the Westfield Trumbull Shopping Mall on Main Street (Route 111) in Trumbull to Route 25 into the Stepney section of Monroe, which has no bus service now. The proposed route is about 8 miles long, according to Steven DeMichele, a transportation planner and analyst with Greater Bridgeport Transit. That's about the same distance as a route that now extends from Trumbull into Monroe on Route 111.
The proposal for the new route would provide bus service as far north as Upper Stepney with six trips every weekday. Three of the trips would be in the morning northbound to Monroe and in the late afternoon southbound from Monroe to Trumbull.
"While GBT has not yet specified stop locations, some locations we would propose to consider would be at the intersections of state Route 25 and Victoria Drive, in Stepney and Upper Stepney," Monroe First Selectman Steve Vavrek said, adding that any proposed stops would need the approval of the Monroe Police Department, as well as Greater Bridgeport Transit's Safety and Training and Service Development departments.
"It would be at least a one-year pilot program, and most likely longer," DeMichele said in response to a Hearst Connecticut Newspapers query about the proposal. "The kind of ridership we are looking to see, hoping for is something akin to what we have on the other route into Monroe" up Route 111/Monroe Turnpike, DeMichele said. "There we are seeing an average of 50 to 60 boardings each way most days."
Anyone with comments on where Greater Bridgeport Transit should place its stops on Route 25 can submit written statement either by mail to Greater Bridgeport Transit, Att: Transportation Planning Department, 1 Cross Street, Bridgeport, CT 06610, by emailing DeMichele at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filing their remarks through the bus company's website, www.gogbt.com.
In addition, five public hearings on the proposed route into Monroe are slated to be held in two municipalities. No hearing has been scheduled for Monroe.
"Yes, it would definitely be a good idea to add one in Monroe," DeMichele said, when asked why the town where the proposed route would be was not included. "We ought to add a public hearing there, too," he said. "It makes sense.
The proposed public hearing schedule is as follows: Tuesday, at Trumbull Town Hall, Town Council Chambers, 5866 Main Street, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m; and at Stern Village Community Room, 200 Hedgehog Circle, Trumbull, from 4 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, at the Greater Bridgeport Transit bus station (community room, second floor), 710 Water Street, in Bridgeport, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Greater Bridgeport Transit bus station (community room, second floor) from 6 to 7 p.m.
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