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 portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Park-Join.
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 portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Seasonal-Employment/Lifeguard-Program. To discover all seasonal alternatives at DEEP, go to portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Outside-Recreation/Work-Outside.
ParkConneCT Service Schedule
Hammonasset Seaside State Park (Madison)
Silver Sands State Park (Milford)
Fort Trumbull State Park (New London)
Sleeping Big State Park (Hamden)
Sherwood Island State Park (Westport) New Service!
Osbornedale State Park (Derby) and Indian Properly State Park (Shelton) New Service!
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