Mae Flexer

State Senator

Mae Flexer

Deputy President Pro Tempore & Federal Relations Liaison

An Advocate for Us

August 11, 2017

Sen. Flexer, Rep. Haddad Laud New Bus Line From Hartford to Storrs; Urge Further Expansion to Willimantic

State Senator Mae Flexer (D-Danielson) and state Representative Gregg Haddad (D-Mansfield) today praised the announced expansion of CTtransit bus service from Hartford to new stops in Storrs, but they also called on state officials to create a transit loop through Willimantic, including service to Eastern Connecticut State University.

“The expansion of CTtransit bus service onto the UConn campus is wonderful news, but this bus service should also be expanded into Willimantic, which is the largest town in the region and home to two colleges. I’m sure the students and staff at those colleges and the residents of Willimantic would appreciate having the same the opportunity to travel quickly and easily into Manchester, Hartford and beyond,” said Sen. Flexer who is vice-chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee. “It’s just another five miles, and extending CTtransit bus service into Willimantic would allow people to connect with other transportation services throughout eastern Connecticut.”

“I’m very pleased that transit service is being extended to Storrs. Students, university staff and Mansfield residents need reliable public transportation in the corridor between Mansfield and Hartford,” said Rep. Haddad, who is co-chair of the legislature’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee. “I look forward to advocating for further extending the service to Willimantic. We need service to Eastern, Quinnebaug and Main Street, Willimantic.”

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and state Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker announced today that beginning August 13, the existing CTtransit bus route between Hartford and Tolland is expanding further east and will now include new stops in Storrs.

The route extension will—for the first time ever—provide UConn students, faculty and staff the ability to connect to the main UConn campus in Storrs, the downtown Hartford campus and UConn Health in Farmington via public transit, in addition to a wide variety of other destinations in between.

UConn students are eligible to ride the bus at no charge simply by showing their student ID and a UPass obtained through the university, the costs of which are included in their university fees.

The extended bus route will run hourly and include the following stops:

  • Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, Storrs Center (Connections to UConn Transportation for travel around campus and for connections to Willimantic)
  • UConn campus Whitney Hall
  • Route 195 at Route 44 (Four Corners)
  • Tolland park and ride lot
  • Buckland Hills Mall
  • Manchester—Buckland park and ride (Bus Stops A & B)
  • Downtown Hartford at Central Row (a short walk to UConn Hartford campus and connections to other local and express bus services)
  • Union Station, Hartford
  • CTfastrak Sigourney Street station (transfer available via CTfastrak Route 121 to UConn Health in Farmington)

Commuters on the extended route will have the ability to connect to the CTfastrak bus network in Central Connecticut, as well as the upcoming Hartford Line commuter rail system, which will launch in May 2018 and provide more frequent train service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield.

The bus route’s hours of operations will be:

  • Weekdays: 5:45 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturdays: 6:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Sundays: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.