January 7, 2022

Senator Haskell, Representative Steinberg Lend Support to Wheels2U, Westport’s Shuttle Service to Local Trains

This morning, State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport) and State Representative Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport) visited the Westport Train Station to lend their support to Wheels2U, Westport’s local door-to-door transportation service providing easy and convenient transportation from residents’ homes to the town’s two train stations. Wheels2U provides service to all of Westport except the Saugatuck Shores area. For just $2 for a one-way ride, any Westport resident can reach their train to Grand Central Station or New Haven’s Union Station in 20 minutes or less using the shuttle service, which offers rides in the morning and evening each day. Reverse commuters can also use the shuttle to go from the station to their store or office.

Sen. Haskell used Wheels2U to arrive at the train station, recording the experience on Facebook Live. The recording is available at this link.

“I took Wheels2U from my apartment to the train station this morning and it literally couldn’t have been more convenient,” said Sen. Haskell, “As the Senate Chairman of the Transportation Committee, I work constantly to direct state investments toward our Metro-North line. But these trains should be accessible to folks who can’t afford to drive a car and park it at the station. With a round trip cost of just $4, this is a cheaper and greener option for commuters. I want to get the word out about Wheels2U, because I believe boosting public transit holds the key to solving our traffic congestion issues around town.”

“In my time on the Transportation Committee, I’ve found that innovation and availability push our state forward,” said Rep. Steinberg. “Wheels2U provides both of those factors to Westport residents, giving them a new and easier way to commute for work or travel for leisure into the city. Additionally, I’d like to highlight its environmental perks – every rider is one fewer car contributing to traffic and one fewer car burning gasoline. It’s cheap, convenient and community-oriented – I hope more Westporters sign up to use it!”

“Wheels2U started in October 2020 to add an efficient, flexible transportation service supporting Westporters,” said Peter Gold, director of the Westport Transit District. “It’s one more service helping our town get where it needs to go and replaced a more rigid fixed-route system. Here in Westport, we’re always focused on listening to and responding to the needs of our community. I’m happy to say Wheels2U aids those goals. If you’re working from home and going into New York only one or two days a week, why pay $5 a day to park at the station and walk from the lot to the train? Wheels2U is less expensive, and drops you off and picks you up right at the platform.”

Wheels2U is accessible via a downloadable app. A rider only needs to submit a request for transportation roughly 20 minutes before they would normally leave the station, and the shuttle service will pick them up at their home and drop them at either the Saugatuck or Greens Farms train stations – or pick them up at those train stations and take them home or to their store or office. Wheels2U operates from 5:45 to 10 a.m. and from 4 to 9:30 p.m., allowing early birds and night owls alike to leave and return with ease. A rider taking the 8:07 p.m. train from Grand Central Station can still take Wheels2U home.

Amid the current COVID-19 surge, buses have been limited to 50% capacity and riders are required to wear masks. The service is ADA-compliant with wheelchair lifts in buses and drivers trained to help people with disabilities.

For more information about the Wheels2U commuter shuttle, including information on the service area, service hours, and how to use the app, go to www.Wheels2UWestport.com.