Norwalk Transit District

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Norwalk Transit District logo.svg
NorwalkTransitGillig.jpg
2006 Norwalk Transit District Gillig Advantage #167 on Route 13.
Founded 1978
Headquarters 275 Wilson Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
Locale Southwestern Connecticut
Service area Norwalk, Westport, Greenwich, and nearby communities
Service type Local bus service
Routes Local fixed route services in Norwalk, Greenwich and Westport, CT and regional connections to Stamford, Danbury, Wilton, Bridgport, and Milford, CT
Hubs Norwalk WHEELS Hub
(for Norwalk Fixed Route) South Norwalk RR Station (Norwalk Commuter Shuttles), Westport RR Station, Greens Farms RR Station (Westport Service), Greenwich RR Station (Greenwich Commuter Shuttles)
Fleet 76[1]
Daily ridership 2005: 6,299 (weekday); 2,927 (Saturday); 523 (Sunday) [1]
Operator Norwalk Transit District
Chief executive Kimberlee Morton (Chief Executive Officer)
Website

Official Website

= MyStop

The Norwalk Transit District is the primary provider of public transportation services in Norwalk, Connecticut and surrounding communities. The local Norwalk fixed-route bus transit system, known as WHEELS, is the primary service of the district linking Norwalk and its immediate suburbs. The agency also operates regional bus services as far north as Danbury (with HARTransit) and as far east as Bridgeport (with GBT) and commuter shuttles to Metro-North stations. Paratransit door-to-door services are available for residents in the service area unable to use regular transit services. Norwalk Transit contracts with local transportation service providers to perform some of the door-to-door services, and is also the provider of public transit for the Westport Transit District..

The city of Norwalk founded the Norwalk Transit District in 1978, seven years after The Connecticut Company ceased operations in Norwalk outside of their route linking Norwalk to Stamford (which continues as Connecticut Transit Stamford Route 41). The district receives local, federal and state funding from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Routes

Norwalk Transit operates fixed routes throughout Norwalk, Wesport and Greenwich, CT. A "pulse-point" system is used with all Norwalk routes meeting at the "WHEELS Hub" in downtown Norwalk to facilitate instant transfers between local Norwalk routes and regional connections such as CT Transit Route 341. Passengers on WHEELS routes 11 and 13 can transfer in shared service areas along U.S. Route 1. Fares as of 2017 are $1.75 (US) for a 90 minutes unlimited pass.

WHEELS Services

  • 10 fixed route services, all in the city limits of Norwalk, which run as bidirectional loops from the transit hub, starting at approximately 5:00 am and ending at 8:00 pm weekdays and weekend services operating from 7:00 am–7:00 pm
      • 1 - West Norwalk
      • 3 - Route 7/ Glover Ave
      • 4 - Wilton Center
      • 7 Nordan Park
      • 8 Calf Pasture Beach
      • 9 Woodward Ave/ Dock Rd
      • 10 Wilson Ave
      • 11 Crosstown to Norwalk Community College
      • 12 Roton Middle School
      • 13 NCC via CT ave

Evening and Weekend Shuttles

    • Connecticut Ave Shuttle
    • Main Ave Shuttle

Regional Connections

    • Danbury-Norwalk Route 7 Link ( Operated by Housatonic Area Regional Transit)
    • Coastal Link ( Operated in partnership with Greater Bridgeport Transit and Milford Transit District)
    • Transfers with CT Transit Route 341 at the WHEELS Hub

Norwalk Commuter Shuttles

    • Norwalk Hospital/Belden Avenue
    • Merritt 7/Glover Avenue
    • Westport Road/Wilton
    • Norwalk Community College/Connecticut Ave

Westport Commuter Shuttles

    • Seven routes that operate during peak train times to and from Westport residential and commercial areas and Sauguatuck Metro-North Station and Greens Farm Metro-North Station.
  • S1- Jesup Green/ Post Rd
  • S2- Old Hill Rd/ Newtown Turnpike
  • S3- Weston Rd/ Compo Rd
  • S4 Hills Point Rd/ Compo Beach
  • G1- North Ave/ Coleytown
  • G2- Bayberry Lane/ Sturges Highway
  • IL- Imperial Ave Shuttle

Greenwich Commuter Shuttles

    • Central Loop
    • West Loop

Door-to-Door Services

  • Norwalk Transit directly operates and contracts with a number of local operators to provide ADA and Paratrasit service for much of Fairfield County, CT

Fleet

Builder, model Year(s) Built Fleet Numbers Powertrain Notes Photo
Orion VII 07.502 35' 2004 147-165
(19)
Detroit Diesel S50 EGR/ Allison B-400R5
  • WHEELS
  • Active
  • 2003 models built in 2004
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
  • 147-152 and 165 retired
Norwalk Transit District 154.jpg
Gillig LF 35' 2006 167-169
(3)
Cummins ISL04/ Allison B-400R5
  • WHEELS
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Norwalk Transit District 167.jpg
Gillig LF 29' 2008 228-229
(2)
Cummins ISL07-Allison B-300R6
  • Shuttle
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Norwalk Transit District 2008 Gillig bus.jpg
Gillig LF 35' 2008 170-173
(4)
Cummins ISL07-Allison B-400R6
  • WHEELS Service
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Wheels Gillig 171.jpg
Gillig LF 29' 2010 230
(1)
Cummins ISL07-Allison B-300R6
  • Shuttle
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Norwalk Transit District 2010 Gillig LF.jpg
Gillig LF 35' 2010 174-175
(2)
Cummins ISL07-Allison B-400R6
  • WHEELS
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
  • 175 out of service due to accident in garage on April 14, 2018
Wheels Gillig 175.jpg
Gillig LF 40' 2010 176
(1)
Cummins ISL07-Allison B-400R6
  • Coastal Link
  • Active
  • Used only on Coastal Link
  • This unit has a GPS system with automated announcements
Wheels Gillig 176.jpg
New Flyer XD40 2014 177-178
(2)
Cummins ISL9 EPA13\ Allison B400R6
  • Coastal Link
  • Active
  • Used only on Coastal Link
  • Replaced 2001 New Flyer D40LF 135 & 136
  • Fitted with GPS, security cameras, automated announcements and automatic passenger counters
NTD New Flyer XD40s.jpg
Gillig LF 29' 2015 231-242
(12)
Cummins ISL9 EPA 2013-Allison B-300R6
  • Shuttle
  • Active
  • Fitted with GPS, security cameras, automated announcements and automatic passenger counters
Norwalk Transit District 240.jpg
35' Clean Diesel TBD (19 Buses) Cummins L9\Allison B400R6
  • WHEELS Service
  • To replace 2004 Orion VII stock
  • To come equipped with GPS, security cameras, automated announcements and automatic passenger counters
  • RFP to be released in May 2018
30' Clean Diesel TBD (3 Buses) Cummins L9\Allison B400R6
  • Shuttle Service
  • For service increases on the Shuttle division
  • To come equipped with GPS, security cameras, automated announcements and automatic passenger counters
  • RFP to be released in May 2018
40' Clean Diesel TBD (1 Bus) Cummins L9\Allison B400R6
  • Coastal Link
  • To replace 2004 New Flyer D40LF 329
  • To come equipped with GPS, security cameras, automated announcements and automatic passenger counters
  • RFP to be released in May 2018

Para-Transit Van Fleet

Manufacturer/Model Order Year Series
(Qty.)
Engine Service Notes
Ford E350 Supreme w/ Lift 25' 2008 719 (1) Ford Triton V8 Gas Door To Door
  • Active
Ford E450 Phoenix Coach and Equipment w/ Lift 25' 2008 422-428 (7) Powerstroke 6.0 V8 Door to Door
  • Active
Ford E450 Phoenix Coach and Equipment w/ Lift 24' 2010 429 - 431 (3) Powerstroke 6.0 V8 Westport Service
  • Active
  • Equipped with Destination Signs
Chevy Express 3500 Coach and Equipment w/ Lift 25' 2014 432-441 (10) Duramax 6.6L V8 Door to Door, Westport Service
  • Active
  • Equipped with Destination Signs
Ford E450 Coach and Equipment 2018 442-471 (30) Ford Trition V8 Gas Door to Door
  • 442-451 in Service
  • Replacing all Paratransit fleet
  • Some equipped with destination signs

References

  1. ^ NTD Profile for NorwalK Transit District

External links

  • Norwalk Transit District Homepage
  • Follow Norwalk Transit District buses in real-time at MyStop
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