Governor Lamont Broadcasts ParkConneCT Program Will Resume This Summer season, Providing Fare-Free and Elevated Bus Companies To State Parks and Seashores


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Governor Lamont Broadcasts ParkConneCT Program Will Resume This Summer season, Providing Fare-Free and Elevated Bus Companies To State Parks and Seashores

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont right this moment introduced that ParkConneCT, a pilot program launched final yr that provides fare-free shuttles and enhanced present transit service to numerous Connecticut state parks and seashores, will proceed throughout the summer season of 2022, launching on Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, Could 28, 2022) and lasting via Labor Day (September 5, 2022).

ParkConneCT goals to attach folks to Connecticut state parks and seashores throughout the summer season months to assist seasonal employment and promote leisure exercise. It’s a collaboration of the Connecticut Division of Power and Environmental Safety (DEEP) and the Connecticut Division of Transportation (CTDOT).

“Our state parks are among the best issues about residing in Connecticut, and connecting our residents to them is essential,” Governor Lamont mentioned. “The ParkConneCT program will increase entry to the bodily, psychological, and academic advantages gained from spending time open air in these lovely areas. It might probably additionally assist individuals who have seasonal employment with DEEP get to their office. I encourage residents to make the most of this service and spend time in our parks this summer season.”

“So many individuals have found or rediscovered the state parks over the previous two years, drawn to the sweetness in addition to the constructive bodily and psychological advantages being in nature gives,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes mentioned. “Sadly, transportation entry could be a barrier that retains many individuals from having the ability to entry these great locations. This program makes it simpler for folks to have a enjoyable, rejuvenating leisure expertise in a few of the most lovely settings in our state, and it may well additionally function a transportation choice for a few of our valued seasonal workers. Thanks, Governor Lamont and our CTDOT companions for the imaginative and prescient and collaboration on this program.”

“We’re happy to as soon as once more assist ParkConneCT this summer season season,” CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti mentioned. “From buses to shuttles and trains to trolleys, there are lots of modes of transportation that get folks the place they have to be safely and effectively. Offering fare free companies for the ParkConneCT program helps develop entry to those lovely parks and seashores for residents throughout Connecticut.”

All buses related to ParkConneCT will run fare-free from Memorial Day weekend via Labor Day (Could 28, 2022 to September 5, 2022). Moreover, as a part of the fiscal yr 2023 funds, all buses statewide will function with out gathering fares till December 1, 2022, except premium on-demand ridesharing packages. Wheels 2U and Valley Transit District’s on-demand ridesharing companies will solely be free on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays noticed on Could 28, July 4, and September 5, when utilizing the service to or from parks within the ParkConneCT program.

The parks included within the ParkConneCT pilot program are:

  • Fort Trumbull State Park
  • Hammonasset Seaside State Park
  • Indian Properly State Park
  • Osbornedale State Park
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Silver Sands State Park
  • Sleeping Big State Park

The state parks for this pilot program had been chosen primarily based on standards prioritizing seasonal employment ranges, leisure summer season actions, incessantly traveled vacationer locations, and present service connections. Routes had been chosen by performing an evaluation utilizing geospatial info programs and prioritizing areas the place probably the most cost-effective enhancements could possibly be made to attach folks to the parks.

For extra info on ParkConneCT, go to

DEEP continues to rent for seasonal positions at seashores, campgrounds, parks, forests, and boat launches. Positions can be found in lifeguarding, buyer relations, services and grounds upkeep, environmental conservation and training, workplace administration, and extra. These all in favour of lifeguard positions ought to apply by June 17, 2022, at To discover all seasonal alternatives at DEEP, go to

ParkConneCT Service Schedule

Hammonasset Seaside State Park (Madison)

  • Hourly service on the Clinton Trolley that now stops at Center Seaside (operates Thursday via Sunday and holidays)
  • 30-minute service on the Madison Shuttle that stops at Center Seaside (operates on weekends and holidays)
  • Service each two hours on the 9-City Transit 645: Madison/Middletown that stops at Center Seaside (Diverts into the park on Saturdays)
  • CTtransit Route 201 from New Haven operates weekdays and Saturdays, connecting to the Madison Shuttle route serving Hammonasset.
  • Direct bus service out there from the Madison, Clinton and Outdated Saybrook practice stations.

Silver Sands State Park (Milford)

  • Hourly service on the Silver Sands Shuttle (operates weekends and holidays)
  • Hourly service on the Milford Route 3 (operates Monday to Saturday)
  • 30-minute day by day Coastal Hyperlink service to Milford Prepare Station
  • New Haven Line to Milford Prepare Station connects to Milford Route 3 and the Silver Sands Shuttle
  • CTtransit Routes 261 and 271 from New Haven meet the Silver Sands Shuttle route on the CT Submit Mall on weekends.

Fort Trumbull State Park (New London)

  • Hourly service on the SEAT Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Seaside (operates on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/holidays)
  • Shore Line East practice to New London Union Station connects with SEAT Route 13
  • Bus service (or walkable) from New London Union Station
  • Thames River Heritage Park River Taxi Harbor Cruise (service begins June 11)

Sleeping Big State Park (Hamden)

  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 228: Whitney Ave (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 229: New Haven – Waterbury (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Path is a stroll throughout Whitney Avenue to Sleeping Big State Park

Sherwood Island State Park (Westport) New Service!

On-Demand Ridesharing:

  • Wheels 2U Westport and Norwalk Transit District are working ride-sharing shuttles. Obtain the app, request a trip, and the shuttle will choose you up from anyplace within the Westport service space and take you to Sherwood Island State Park and again.
  • To make use of the Weekend Wheels 2U service, without cost on weekends and holidays, the pickup or drop off location have to be Sherwood Island State Park.
  • Coastal Hyperlink – Take the bus to the cease at CT Route 1 and Sherwood Island Connector then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a trip.
  • Take the practice to Saugatuck Station or Greens Farms Station then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a trip.

Osbornedale State Park (Derby) and Indian Properly State Park (Shelton) New Service!

On-Demand Ridesharing:

  • On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Valley Transit District (VTD) will present transportation, inside its service space boundaries, from Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton, to Indian Properly and Osbornedale State Parks utilizing its on-demand trip reservation service. Non-Valley residents can make the most of VTD ParkConneCT service with similar day pick-up and drop-off on the Derby/Shelton practice station. The hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to six:00 p.m. VTD buses are wheelchair accessible and air conditioned. Riders are to contact VTD’s reservation/dispatch division at 203-735-6408 for similar day service to Osbornedale and Indian Properly parks.
    • Valley Transit District service might be fare-free solely on weekends and holidays, and when going to Osbornedale or Indian Properly parks.
  • GBT Route 15: Connects downtown Bridgeport to Derby/Shelton practice station (connects on weekends)
  • CTtransit Route 255: New Haven/Ansonia/Seymour connects downtown New Haven to Derby/Shelton practice station (connects on Saturdays)

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