The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) awarded funding to nine transit districts and municipalities in Connecticut to develop and pilot an on-demand microtransit service.
“Microtransit is bringing additional transportation services to more people,” said Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont. “With first and last mile connections, gaps in Connecticut’s extensive public transportation system will be closed. Whether it’s going to an appointment, grabbing a bite to eat or meeting up with friends and family, microtransit service improves the quality of life for our residents.”
“The CTDOT Microtransit Pilot Program is integral to the continued modernization of our state’s robust public transportation system and makes Connecticut more accessible to more people,” said CTDOT Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto. “Thank you to Gov. Lamont and the state legislature for supporting our efforts to provide transportation alternatives to communities currently unserved or underserved by public transportation.”
The following municipalities and transit service providers were selected to participate in the pilot program:
- Estuary Transit: Three pilots serving Madison and Guilford and portions of East Hampton and Middletown
- Greater Bridgeport Transit: Serving Trumbull
- Greater Hartford Transit: Serving Enfield and portions of East Windsor
- Milford Transit: Serving Milford
- New Haven: Serving Hill, West River, Dwight, Edgewood, Beaver Hills and West Rock neighborhoods, with connections to existing transit services
- Norwalk Transit District: Serving Norwalk
- Southeastern Area Transit: Serving portions of Stonington, Mystic, Noank and Waterford
- Stamford: Serving a five-mile boundary within the city
- Valley Transit District: Serving the Ansonia Train Station, Derby and Shelton areas
The Microtransit Pilot Program was authorized by Public Act 22-40 and solicitation for projects was released in January 2023. The solicitation sought proposals from eligible and qualified applicants. Microtransit services within the awarded municipalities or transit district service areas will begin within six months of the award. The two-year pilot program carries the possibility of two one-year extensions exercisable by CTDOT based on performance and ridership.
In addition to this new pilot program, existing microtransit services in Connecticut include XtraMile, Wheels 2U Norwalk and Wheels 2U Westport and New London Smart Ride and Stonington HOP Service.