HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont announced that Weekend Wheels – the fare-free CTtransit bus service his administration is launching that will be available to everyone in Connecticut each weekend this summer – is extending to include all local transit district bus routes statewide.
In March, the governor announced plans to launch Weekend Wheels as part of his efforts to help the state and its residents recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is being supported with funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act.
Under the initiative, customers will not be required to pay any bus fares on Saturdays and Sundays during 2021 between Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The fare-free bus service will also include the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31, 2021; the observed Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 5, 2021; and the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 6, 2021. Bus services in this promotion include all CTtransit local routes, all routes operated by transit districts, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit services.
The governor said that the fare-free weekend bus service dovetails with other pandemic recovery initiatives his administration is launching this summer, such as his proposal to create a program that will allow all children in Connecticut to visit museums and other tourist attractions throughout the state free of charge this summer, such as Beardsley Zoo, the Connecticut Science Center, and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, all of which are on bus routes with weekend service.