Bus Ridership Climbs in Wake of Free Fare and High Gas Prices

Gov. Ned Lamont at a CTfastrak station in Hartford. Photo credit: Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie

At a press conference at a CTfastrak station in Hartford on Monday, Gov. Ned Lamont said that ridership has grown by 150,000 in the past month.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Ridership on Connecticut’s bus transit programs has risen in the past month as fuel prices have climbed and more commuters have taken advantage of a temporary suspension of bus pass fees, state officials said Monday.

The state legislature included temporarily free bus service as part of a bill designed to blunt the impact of inflation in Connecticut earlier this spring. Policymakers later extended the package, which included a holiday on the state’s 25-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax, until December as part of the state budget.

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  • I took the bus often during the 2008-09 recession as a means of economizing. I also got a lot of walking in because of this and my body thanked me for it. My favorite memory on the bus was when somewhere on a crowded route that was passing through Frog Hollow in Hartford — a woman started dousing herself with “holy oil” and casting out demons. Good times!! I would highly recommend taking the bus as a way to improve your health and life.

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