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  • Service and Hours Expansion

  • 9 Town Transit continues to plan for expansion of services and hours of operation. In January 2014, Dial-A-Ride service was expanded to the town of East Haddam.

    The district is actively seeking funding to expand the hours of the Shoreline Shuttle service along Route 1 and new service between Madison and Middletown along Route 81.

    For more details, view our expansion plan here.

  • 9TT in the News

  • Press Releases

  • December 31, 2013

    9 Town Transit Transports 100,000th Passenger

    After four years of strong growth, 9 Town Transit topped 100,000 trips in a one year period for the first time in its 32 year history.

    The 100,000th passenger boarded a Shoreline Shuttle bus on December 30th at the Post Office Square bus stop in Clinton. Anthony Lancaster of New London waited with a co-worker. Both were headed home from their jobs at Murphy Moving & Storage.

    “I take the bus every day from New London to Branford”, says Lancaster. “Without 9 Town Transit, I wouldn’t be able to get to work.”

    Lancaster was met by 9 Town Transit executive director Joseph Comerford and operations manager Allison Meshnick as he boarded the bus toward Old Saybrook. The two presented Lancaster with a free one month bus pass, good on all 9 Town Transit routes.

    Comerford says Lancaster represents the fastest growing segment of 9 Town Transit users. Commuters are now more than half of all transit trips in the region and growing.

    Since 2009, 9 Town Transit has grown ridership ship 88% by expanding the reach and hours of its services. Public bus service is now available from the shoreline to New Haven, New London, Middletown, Haddam and Hartford, all for a fare of $1.50. Most services now begin around 6:00 AM and end at 7:00 PM or later. Connections are offered to four neighboring transit systems.

    In mid-January, East Haddam will partner with 9 Town Transit to offer general public Dial-A Ride throughout the town, further expanding the service area. Dial-A-Ride service will now be provided to eleven towns. All services are open to the general public.

    Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.

    December 26, 2013

    East Haddam to Offer Public Transit Service with 9 Town Transit

    East Haddam residents will soon have greater mobility with new access to a regional transit system. Beginning January 15th, the town of East Haddam will begin a contract with 9 Town Transit to provide general public Dial-A-Ride service throughout the town.

    9 Town Transit, operated by the Estuary Transit District, currently provides Dial-A-Ride service throughout Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Any location within East Haddam and Moodus will now also be included in the new expanded service area.

    9 Town Transit will also offer East Haddam residents service to parts of Westchester and Colchester, CT, including the Stop & Shop supermarket. In addition, East Haddam residents may travel to the Middletown Stop & Shop supermarket, Middlesex Hospital and the Saybrook Road area medical offices.

    To reserve a trip, customers will call 9 Town Transit at least one day in advance. The fare will be $3.00 each way, with seniors age 60 and over eligible to ride at a suggested donation of $1.50. The hours of service are 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. The service is open to the general public with no age restrictions. All vehicles are fully accessible with wheelchair lifts and service is available for any trip purpose.

    By partnering with 9 Town Transit, the town will have access to an advanced dispatch system and region-wide service. Customers will be able to book their trips online and receive text message notifications to their cell phone with the estimated arrival time through a real-time GPS based scheduling system. The transit district’s state of the art dispatching system helped earn them the Community Transportation Association of America’s 2011 Rural System of the Year award.

    Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-554-0551.

    October 8, 2013

    9TT Donates Bus to Essex Fire Co.

    The Essex Fire Engine Company No. 1 recently received a retired transit bus donated by 9 Town Transit. When the 2007 model bus reached the end of its useful life for the public transit district, the fire company was able to use mostly volunteer labor to give it a new life.

    The company will use the bus to provide respite to fire fighters during calls. The bus can provide either air conditioning or heat, providing relief to weary fire fighters. The bus will also be used for transportation to training.

    Not only will the town of Essex benefit from this addition, but the fire company will also use it to support neighboring fire companies.

    September 29, 2013

    YMCA Names 9 Town Transit Business of Year

    9 Town Transit was recently honored with a “Strong Community” award by the Valley-Shore YMCA. The award recognized the transit district for providing low-income families, the elderly and the disabled transportation throughout the region.

    “Transportation to the Y is a big barrier for many in our community,” said Chris Pallatto, Executive Director of the Valley-Shore YMCA. “9 Town Transit has helped remove that barrier, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to remain healthy and active.”

    The award was accepted by 9 Town Transit’s executive director Joseph Comerford and board member Noel Bishop, First Selectman of Westbrook.

    9 Town Transit provides service to all parts of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam (west of the river), Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, with connections to New Haven, New London and Middletown. All services are open to the general public. Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.

    September 9, 2013

    9 Town Transit Welcomes Eight New Buses

    Shoreline transit users are getting a more comfortable, and colorful, ride thanks to eight new buses introduced over the past several months.

    The new buses rolled out by 9 Town Transit (9TT) include the region’s first two low-floor buses. These buses have no steps inside, making it easier for passengers to board. Each bus also offers a ramp for people utilizing wheelchairs or walkers instead of the traditional wheelchair lifts. With this delivery, the fleet now has five hybrid electric buses. Hybrid technology saves fuel and emissions, resulting in reduced cost and environmental impact. The 9TT fleet is now 40% hybrid electric.

    9TT does not only rely on hybrid vehicles to save fuel. There are two diesel buses and one mini bus that also service the district. The diesel powered buses consume 40% less fuel than their gasoline counterparts. The mini bus has improved gas mileage over the traditional 12 passenger buses and is easier to navigate into residential driveways for our dial-a-ride passengers.

    The purchase represents the largest single year vehicle investment in 9TT’s history at a total price tag of $873,073. The project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Federal Transit Administration, the Connecticut Clean Fuels Program and the Connecticut Department of Transportation..

    9 Town Transit provides service to all parts of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, with connections to New Haven, New London and Middletown. All services are open to the general public. Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.

    August 1, 2013

    9 Town Transit Expands Bus Service

    Beginning August 5th 9 Town Transit will offer expanded service on two popular bus routes. The new schedules will offer new access to medical professional parks in Middletown and East Lyme.

    The Mid-Shore Express route, which offers service between Old Saybrook and Middletown, has added a new stop on Saybrook Road. The stop will be located in front of the Middletown Professional Park to provide access to the medical services and providers housed there.

    Service between New London and Old Saybrook will also add a new stop in East Lyme. The stop will be at the corner of Route 1 and Flanders Road, in close proximity to the Lawrence & Memorial Flanders Health Center, Charter Oak Walk-In Medical Center and many area businesses.

    The updated schedules are available at many local businesses and government buildings as well as by clicking here.

    9 Town Transit provides service to all parts of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, and all services are open to the general public. Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.

  • July 5, 2013

    Train Station Bus Stop Relocating
    Beginning Monday, July 15th, the Old Saybrook Train Station bus stop will relocate to in front of the train platform. The new location will be easier to locate, offer covered waiting and offer more room for buses to safely wait. This will be the only stop in the train station parking lot.

    May 11, 2012

    Haddam to Begin Dial-A-Ride Service with 9 Town Transit

    Haddam residents will soon have greater mobility with new access to a regional transit system. Beginning June 1st, the town of Haddam will begin a contract with 9 Town Transit to provide Dial-A-Ride service throughout much of the town.

    9 Town Transit, operated by the Estuary Transit District, currently provides Dial-A-Ride service throughout Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Any location west of the Connecticut River in Haddam will now also be included in the new ten town service area.

    “I am extremely pleased with the inclusion of Haddam into the Estuary Transit District”, remarks Haddam First Selectman Paul Destefano. “Our contract for the Dial-A-Ride services will enable an expansion of our services to all town residents and will create opportunities for employment and education to those who have thus far been unable to commute to their destinations.”

    To reserve a trip, customers will call 9 Town Transit at least one day in advance. The fare will be $3.00 each way, with seniors age 60 and over eligible to ride at a suggested donation of $1.50. The hours of service are 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. The service is open to the general public with no age restrictions. All vehicles are fully accessible with wheelchair lifts and service is available for any trip purpose.

    By partnering with 9 Town Transit, the town will have access to an advanced dispatch system and region-wide service. Customers will be able to book their trips online and receive text message notifications to their cell phone with the estimated arrival time through a real-time GPS based scheduling system. The transit district’s advanced dispatching system helped earn them the Community Transportation Association of America’s 2011 Rural System of the Year award.

    In April of 2012, 9 Town Transit begin serving Haddam along Route 154 with the Mid-Shore Express bus route. The route runs between Old Saybrook and Middletown with service every two hours from 6:20 AM until 7:00 PM Monday through Friday. Customers can board the bus at any bus stop along Route 154 at the scheduled time without a reservation for a fare of $1.50.

    “The fixed-route shuttle service which will now include our town will indeed open up a variety of socially integrated possibilities to those who either enjoy exploring our beautiful estuary region or are seeking a transportation connection point to other areas of the state,” says Destesfano.

    Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-554-0551.

    March 15, 2012

    9 Town Transit Expands Bus Schedules

    Beginning April 2, 2012, 9 Town Transit will offer expanded bus schedules on two rapidly growing bus routes. The new schedules will improve access and connections to neighboring transit systems.

    Almost three years after launching service between Old Saybrook and Middletown, ridership growth of over 30% each year has demonstrated a need for additional hours of service. The current schedule offers morning and evening service with a four hour mid-day gap. Increasing usage by Middlesex Community College students and people visiting state offices in Middletown have created a need to fill this gap. Service will now be offered every two hours from 6:20 AM until about 7:20 PM. Stops will also be made along Route 154 in Haddam for the first time.

    9 Town Transit has also seen tremendous growth in its bus service between Old Saybrook and New London. The service, which saw ridership growth of 70% in 2011, currently runs from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM. With a ridership of primarily commuters, the service ends too early for many to return home using the bus route. An additional trip will be added to leave Old Saybrook at 5:00 PM and return from New London at 6:00 PM.

    9 Town Transit provides service to all parts of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, and all services are open to the general public. Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.

  • June 14, 2011

    9 Town Transit Earns National Top Honors

    On Wed., June 8, the Estuary Transit District, better known as 9 Town Transit, in Centerbrook, Conn., received the Rural System of the Year award at this year’s Community Transportation Association Expo in Indianapolis. The Community of Transportation Association of America (CTAA), celebrating its 25-year anniversary, organized the event.
    The award is given each year to the transportation agency that provides service in a non-urban area with a population of less than 50,000. The award is given to a transit operation that has presented innovative and creative services within the community, and has displayed exceptional responsiveness to its customers’ and community needs. The district was selected from amongst the 4,000 member agencies.
    “This is a great honor and we are very proud to have received this award,” said Joe Comerford, executive director, Estuary Transit District/First Transit. “This was a group effort and I greatly appreciate the work my staff has done over the years to achieve this recognition.”
    CTAA was most impressed with the implementation of new technology and 9 Town Transit’s (9TT) ability to expand services despite the current economic climate. Over the past two years, 9TT has implemented a GPS based dispatching system, text message alerts to passengers, online trip booking and pass sales, and regular updates through various social media outlets. With the help of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, 9TT has also been able to add new services to Middletown and New London from Old Saybrook, as well as add hours to existing services to accommodate commuters. The efforts have caused ridership to grow almost 40% during this period.

    The award is especially gratifying considering 9TT’s financial difficulties in the not so distant past. In 2006, the district had depleted its reserve funds and was forced to request additional funding from its member towns. Many member town First Selectman joined the district’s Board of Directors to help stabilize the district, and transit management company First Transit was hired to provide professional management.

    9 Town Transit provides service to all parts of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, and all services are open to the general public. Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.

  • July 21, 2011

    Shoreline Gets First Hybrid Buses

    The shoreline just got a little greener. 9 Town Transit, the shoreline’s public transit agency, recently celebrated the addition of two hybrid electric mini-buses to their fleet.
    Each bus has both gasoline engine and an electric motor. When idling and at speeds up to 15 MPH, the buses operate totally on electric power. The result is a quieter running vehicle and a boost in gas mileage by about 20%.
    The buses are built on a Ford E450 chassis, presenting a challenge to the hybrid industry. Large bus manufacturers build from the ground up, making adding a hybrid drive relatively easy. Mini-bus manufacturers receive a chassis with a drive train already installed, meaning any hybrid system must be installed aftermarket. This has resulted in a lack of reasonably priced hybrid systems for the mini-bus market until recently. As a result, these two buses are the first hybrid mini-buses in New England.

    The buses were purchased with grant money from the Connecticut Clean Fuels Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment act at a total cost of $123,706 per bus. The buses will result in significant fuel savings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced dependence on foreign oil.

    9 Town Transit provides service to all parts of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, and all services are open to the general public. Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.