GBT Proposal Extends Bus Service On Route 25 in Monroe

A file photo of Main Street on the Stepney side of Monroe.
A file photo of Main Street on the Stepney side of Monroe.
A blue Greater Bridgeport Transit bus may soon be dropping off and picking up passengers further north on Main Street. First Selectman Steve Vavrek is working closely with GBT, so town businesses can benefit from employees taking advantage of the public transportation to get to work.

During a recent Town Council meeting, Vavrek touted the economic growth he believes an extended bus line may provide. Approvals are still needed for GBT's pilot service program.

"This proposal is intended to introduce service on State Route 25, in Monroe, as far north as Upper Stepney," Vavrek told reporters in an email. "GBT will provide six trips every weekday, three trips in the morning and three in the afternoon, which will arrive in Upper Stepney every hour."

He said morning trips would arrive at 7, 8 and 9 a.m. and afternoon trips at 4, 5 and 6 p.m.

The proposed routing of this service will begin at the Westfield Trumbull Mall, in Trumbull and provide local service along Main Street/Newtown Turnpike (State Route 111), in Trumbull, to the intersection of State Route 111 and State Route 25, according to Vavrek. Proposed routing then calls for local service to be provided along State Route 25, to Upper Stepney.

"While GBT has not yet specified stop locations, some locations we would propose to consider would be at the intersections of State Route 25 and Victoria Drive, in Stepney and Upper Stepney," he said.

The first selectman said any proposed stop locations would have to be approved by the Monroe Police Department, as well as GBT's own Safety and Training Department and Planning and Service Development Department.

The next step in GBT's service planning process is to seek comment on this proposal from GBT's riders and the general public. The first selectman encourages any residents who want to attend to go to the meetings.

There are two sessions this Wednesday in the second-floor Community Room of the GBT Bus Station, 710 Water Street, Bridgeport. One from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and a later one from 4 to 6 p.m.

A Public Hearing is scheduled at the same location this Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.
Karen G. French September 20, 2013 at 07:36 AM
You can bring & build every store, company, & business you want to Monroe. If people don't have jobs or money to shop with, what's the point? It's possible Monroe residents will take the bus south for more job opportunities & spend their money there, since they don't have to spend money on gas.
Karen G. French September 20, 2013 at 07:38 AM
FYI, Buses have transfers, so from the Mall you can go in any direction.
Crown Royal September 20, 2013 at 08:41 AM
I do think the idea of an express route from the commuter lot at 111/25 to the Bridgeport train station might be something to look into. It would save everyone in parking expenses for the day, but the problem you would run into is if the hassle of a missed bus on the way home, would probably outweigh the price of parking.
Bob Loblaw September 20, 2013 at 08:51 AM
hmmmmm.... if there was more commercial tax base then maybe the town could pay to have the empty lots commercial and residential maintained...
Joel Leneker September 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM
@Crown Royal: And there should be a metro north ticket kiosk at the 111/25 commuter parking lot, so you could buy your train tickets in advance. This technology exists. P&Z made this bus route recommendation as part of their Plan of Conservation and Development 2 yrs ago.


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