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Guide To Connecticut’s Public Transportation

March 1, 2014 8:00 AM

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The state Department of Transportation. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer

The state Department of Transportation. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer

Connecticut offers a variety of modes of public transportation across the state. Bus services are available to get you from point A to point B within your home city or between cities. Train and taxi services provide an alternative to driving your own vehicle into the city. There is even a company that offers safe transport after a night out of drinking. Read on for everything you need to know about public transportation in Connecticut.

Metro-North Railroad
259 State St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 624-0151
www.new.mta.info

Metro-North Railroad is Connecticut’s connection to New York and cities bordering New York state such as Greenwich and Stamford. Commuters traveling to work and travelers looking to spend time in the city can conveniently hop on the train to save themselves the headache of driving through I-95 traffic. You can catch the train between New Haven station and Stamford, as well as towns along the shoreline. Most recently, the Metro-North Railroad has expanded its railroad stations to include West Haven, Connecticut. Save money by purchasing tickets before you board, either online or at a kiosk on the decks of the train station. The train schedule can be found online.

Metro Taxi Connecticut
65 Industry Drive
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 777-7777
www.metrotaxict.com

Metro Taxi Connecticut is your connection within the Greater New Haven and Bridgeport area. This taxi service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week year round. Simply call one of its two easy-to-remember phone numbers, depending on your location. With the touch of a button, you can quickly submit a taxi request on your smartphone. A rate calculator is available online, creating an easy estimate to the cost of your ride. Metro Taxi Connecticut is wheelchair accessible. It features Crown Victoria, vans, Ford transit, Lincoln town car and Cadillac Escalades. Taxis are available for transport to local airports including Bradley, JFK, La Guardia, Logan and Newark.

CT Transit
100 Leibert Road
Hartford, CT 06120
(860) 522-8101
www.cttransit.com

CT Transit is this state’s bus transport service, owned by the Connecticut DOT. It provides transportation in Hartford, New Haven, New Britain, Stamford, Waterbury, Wallingford and Meriden. Each route has its designated time and schedule. The name of the bus route and route number is displayed on the front of each bus. To catch the bus, look for blue bus stop signs on the side of the road. CT Transit buses are wheelchair, scooter and walker accessible, providing wheelchair lifts. A one-way bus ride costs $1.50, one-way ADA ride is $3 and a one-day unlimited fare is $3.

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LAZ Fly Airport Parking
100 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
(860) 623-4993
www.lazfly.com

LAZ Fly is a park-n-ride located at Bradley Airport, providing alternative parking when traveling by plane. It offers cheaper parking with shuttle service between your parked vehicle and the airport. Choose from economy or premier parking, which are located at different locations. Economy parking is between $4.75 and $7.95 per day. Premier parking is between $5.20 and $8.75 per day. LAZ Fly honors AAA and AARP discounts and offers seventh-day-free parking. The shuttle service to and from the airport is part of your parking cost.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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