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 18, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Sounds like they are getting ready for the big surprise business that's coming next to Swiss Army engineered by the company that builds Lowes stores. Connect the dots.
Crown Royal September 18, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Karen, that was some fine detective work. http://solliengineering.com/Solli_Engineering,_LLC/About_Us.html I heard from Vavrek himself a few years ago that Lowe's was interested in a site in the area since HD moved onto the Trumbull border, but assumed it would have been on 111 across from the old scholastic building.
QWERTY September 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM
I don't think Trumbull Home Depot is doing so well...why would Lowes think they could do anything different? Of course, I welcome them with open arms.
patty September 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Not happy about anything so large going in but if it has to happen I know quite a few people who'd LOVE for it to be Lowe's
Robynne Wildman September 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Public transportation in Monroe! Things have changed since I grew up there.
Barney September 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM
Monroe aint need a fancy store like Lowes. This be a farming community and it was fine in the 1970's without a Lowes and that means it be fine now without a Lowes. We aint got need no development. Interlopers be moving into my community and be demanding more and more. Then interlopers leave. I be saying No on this and just like I be voting NO all the time because this aint a fancy community. Thats why you need to stand with me and say NO to this. If we say NO to everything Monroe will be a farming community again.
Crown Royal September 18, 2013 at 01:22 PM
I just hope this doesn't put Stepney hardware/ACE/Hometown Tool/Agway etc out of business. Opening a new store which in turn closes other, locally owned businesses is never good.
Chief Waldo September 18, 2013 at 08:54 PM
I'd like to see the bus that currently turns around at Goodwill on 111 go all the way to the Monroe Green, so people could take it to Town Hall and the Library.
Jennifer Aguilar September 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Barney- I certainly hope the company looking to come into Monroe with J Kimball does not read your comments. You do nothing but put all the good things being done in town down and do you ever think you may be hurting some feelings. People who did grow up in this town and are getting used to expansion probably don't appreciate being mocked. When you first started posting I thought it was funny, that was once and that was what, two years ago? It's not funny any more and everyone knows it's a spoof. If the real "Barney" cares about this town, support the efforts that so many are making to move it forward and stop the mocking. Great job on the retail complex and bus route in town to ensure employee shaves way to get to business's on rt 25!
Karen G. French September 19, 2013 at 07:40 AM
I still see many empty commercial spaces, even the huge building up 25 across from Pepper Street. I'll reserve my opinion until I see who, & how much they pay their workers. If it's another minimum wage paying, part time, no benefits business, I don't think I'll be patronizing it. Another corporation making money off the backs of it's help while ceo's rake in big buck bonuses, I don't want here in town. Taking what little money our residents have to spend and shipping it overseas to avoid paying taxes like GE in Fairfield & B of A is what's killing this country. Now if it's a real boon for Monroe that will benefit ALL residents, then I'm all for it!!
Joel Leneker September 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Love the idea of bus service up to Upper Stepney. Really wish the bus route started at the Bridgeport Train station as a commuter link to metro North. Who gets on the bus at the Trumbull Mall?
Joel Leneker September 20, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Stepney Hardware hopefully will always be in business because Dave and his team provides what the big box home improvement stores do not, personalized , knowledgeable service. Try to chase someone down at a Home Depot or Lowes to help you find anything.
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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