More Commuter Buses Picking up in Tolland

September 23, 2013
Reps. Tim Ackert, DOT Cmsr. James Redeker, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Sen. Tony Guglielmo and dignitaries at a recent ribbon cutting for expanded transit service in Tolland.

Reps. Tim Ackert, DOT Cmsr. James Redeker, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Sen. Tony Guglielmo and dignitaries at a recent ribbon cutting for expanded transit service in Tolland.

Hartford, CT – Senator Tony Guglielmo joined Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker and Representatives Sam Belsito and Tim Ackert at a ribbon cutting ceremony announcing the expanded service of Connecticut commuter transit busses into Tolland. The new stops on the Vernon to Hartford Commuter Express bus service to Tolland begin today, Monday September 23. The Department of Transportation (CTDOT) took a survey and found this route was the most patronized on the system and demand for more buses was high.

“There a number of commuters who take the bus from our area of the state into downtown Hartford for work. Extending this service is a wise decision by the Department of Transportation,” said Sen. Guglielmo. “I hope this gives commuters some freedom to travel safely into work and allow them the opportunity to succeed in a tough economy.”

The route is operated by Collins Bus Service under contract to the CTDOT. The route primarily serves residents of Vernon, Tolland and Ellington, but surveys show that it also includes passengers from thirteen other towns, including four communities in Massachusetts.

The #17 Express Route will provide limited service from and to the Park & Ride lot immediately off I-84 Exit 68 (Route 195 Tolland/Mansfield) in Tolland. Previously the service only went as far as Exit 67 in Vernon.

Vernon will continue to be serviced as usual, but the extended service to Tolland will be added for the first six scheduled trips each morning, as well as both midday trips. The final five trips of the evening will also provide service to the Tolland Park & Ride lot. Commuter Express bus service operates on weekdays only.

“The Department is enthusiastic about the opportunity to extend service on one of our most popular Hartford Express bus service routes,” stated CTDOT Commissioner James Redeker. “When our existing riders were surveyed, it was evident that there was significant customer demand for this service. This extension will allow more passengers north and east of Vernon to enjoy the benefits of using public transportation to get into and out of Hartford.”

“Those of us who live in the northeast region of the state are used to not having some of the conveniences and services available in other communities,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said. “This extension will address that by giving residents greater access to employment and other opportunities that will benefit both them and our economy.”

Beyond the extension of service to the Park & Ride lot in Tolland, there will very little change to the existing service or schedule. The exception is the order of the stops in the afternoon. All afternoon and evening trips will now stop in the following order: Exit 64/65, Sacred Heart Church, Exit 67, and the final stop at Exit 68. This change was necessary to make Exit 68 the final stop of the route.

Fares for the service are $3.05 per trip, $27.45 for a 10-ride ticket and $104.00 for a monthly pass.

Customers can review the new schedule and route information online at www.cttransit.com, or pick up a new schedule on the #17 Express Bus.

For more information please call CT Transit directly at (860) 525-9181 or visit their link.