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Monroe to Get Bus Service Along Main Street

A blue GBT bus drives along Monroe Turnpike.
A blue GBT bus drives along Monroe Turnpike.

Blue Greater Bridgeport Transit buses already take passengers to jobs and day trips along Route 111 and on Monday, Feb. 3, the service will be extended along Main Street — from the Trumbull shopping mall to Clock Tower Square in Monroe.

Greater Bridgeport Transit (GBT) announced the extended bus line on Tuesday. The service is designed to provide morning and afternoon employment related transportation to the area, according to Doug Holcomb, CEO for the GBT.

"We have known for some time that there is growing demand for service due to increased commercial development in the area," Holcomb said. "We hope that in the future GBT will be able to expand to more frequent service throughout the day."

The service is similar to GBT’s Route 19 Express which already serves Trumbull and Monroe along Route 111. It is known as Route 20.

First Selectman Steve Vavrek lauded the new bus line as "another example of the benefits of regional cooperation in municipal government and the synergies generated by cooperation among Monroe, Bridgeport and Trumbull" inside the framework of the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council.

Bus Route 20 "makes Monroe a more viable destination, giving people more access to jobs while expanding the labor pool for employers, of special significance in these economic times," said Vavrek.

Both the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and the Monroe Economic Development Commission were instrumental in pushing forward this latest transportation initiative, according to the first selectman.

EDC Chairman Roberto Perez said, "The extension of the bus line will give present and future businesses exposure to more customers. It will also give those same businesses a larger base of employees to fill their open positions. New businesses will be more inclined to build, expand or open in our town if they feel they can properly fill all of their positions."

Monroe Chamber of Commerce President Raymond Giovanni could not be reached in time to comment on this story.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said, "The creation of Bus Route 20 is an excellent example of what can be accomplished with regional cooperation. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of GBT, the city of Bridgeport, the town of Monroe and the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council, we're able to get Bridgeport residents to and from Monroe while also cutting down on the number of vehicles on the road — a priority of Bridgeport's BGreen 2020 sustainability initiative."

Route 20's Schedule

The new GBT Route 20 service will operate between the Westfield Trumbull Mall, in Trumbull and upper Stepney in Monroe, with connections to GBT Routes 3, 4, 6 and 8 at the mall and Route 19 Express at Quality Street in Trumbull.

Stops to be made along Newtown Turnpike (Route 111) include the area of Spring Hill Road and Trefoil Drive. Stops will also be made along Main Street (Route 25) at Victoria Drive, Purdy Hill Road, Judd Road and the area of Clock Tower Square in Monroe.

Trips will be made Monday through Friday, with two morning departures from the Westfield Trumbull Mall, at 7:09 and 8:09 a.m., each arriving in the area of Clock Tower Square at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.

Afternoon departures from the area of Clock Tower Square will be made at 4 and 5 p.m., arriving at the mall at 4:22 and 5:22 p.m.

GBT's cash fare of $1.75 will apply to this service and all of GBT's regular fare media will be accepted onboard.

GBT offers bus service throughout the Bridgeport Region with 19 routes providing more than 22,000 trips to area residents every day. For details about the new service or any of GBT’s routes or schedules visit gogbt.com 

lmf59 January 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM
Crown Royal: you continue to have that same, tired argument . You are right about one thing. The town I moved to and loved 30 years ago is no longer, solely due to incompetence, poor insight, and extremely poor planning. But your mindset seems to be that it has gone downhill this far, let's just keep the momentum going and degrade it to the point that we rival Derby or Shelton. If your house was burning, would you say "oh well, it's not as nice as it used to be, I'll just throw some more gas on it and stand here and watch it burn"? I, for one, would not like to see my property devalued any more than it already has. And if you think your property taxes will EVER be reduced to rival Shelton's and Derby's, think again. Have they dropped a single dollar since all those horrific eyesores you mention have come to town? NO! Don't get the foolish idea that by inviting trash into town in the form of Walmart will do a darned thing to lower your taxes.
Crown Royal January 31, 2014 at 02:48 PM
lmf, that wasn't quite my point. My point was that all of these businesses moved into town and and nobody batted an eyelash. Now all the sudden everyone is getting up in arms because of this retail building? Nobody would care if it was a Whole Foods, Lowe's, or any other retail store by Walmart.
Hawk January 31, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Glad to see that I am not the only one who feels that Walmart is the wrong choice for Monroe!! For those who disagree, have you ever heard of "Beware of what you wish for"!!! All I know is I have lived in many towns, and this one is the first one that I actually care about & feel like it is a community, not just a town...I hate to see that taken away because of big business!! And Steve, trust me.....I spent some time living on Long Island, 15 minutes from JFK...it was a real treat when those planes flew over and your dinner plates starting to break out in a rattling tune!! And I was one of the lucky ones, the runway route at that time was only Tuesdays, Sundays and whenever there were storms and low-ceiling clouds!! We also got to experience what the SST sounds like from a 10-15 minute distance on every Tuesday!! Those jet engines ROARED!!! So once again..."Beware of what you wish for!!" :>)
lmf59 January 31, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Crown, I am not sure what your point is, nor how you have any idea if "nobody batted an eyelash". As one example, when the tin can building (Scholastic Books, originally. Pella Windows, currently) went in , there was a huge uproar. As far as I am concerned, allowing that monstrosity was the beginning of the downfall of Monroe's P&Z practices. However, unlike Walmart, the problem with that business is the aesthetics of the building, not the impact it has/had on the town. When it was Scholastic Books, it was actually a benefit to the town...it offered a valuable service (great books at great prices) while adding to the tax base but not creating a traffic nightmare or inviting an undesirable element into town. Even as Pella Windows, there is no negative impact other than the God-awful design of the building. P&Z could have easily laid restrictions on the type and style of that building, but for an undisclosed reason (ie shortcuts and pocket-lining no doubt) they allowed that eyesore to be built before the townsfolk even had an opportunity to comment. Contrast that with when McDonalds went in across from Village Square and had to be constructed of brick, complimenting the Square and Monroe El. And FYI, I would be thrilled if instead of Walmart, a Whole Foods came to Monroe, providing the traffic flow would be handled. I will take the clientele of Whole Foods in my town over Walmart in a split second. Whole Foods is a town's dream, with it's high standards, high quality products, and responsible environmental and employment practices. The town of Monroe has been, and continues to be affected drastically by poor insight and poor planning. It needs to stop. I reiterate, if your house is burning, you don't throw more gas on it.
QWERTY January 31, 2014 at 04:43 PM
What's depressing is seeing all the "for sale/lease" signs on 111 in front of run-down residential homes! Further depressing is crossing over into Trumbull and seeing a vibrant corporate park/ commerce section.

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