Monday: More bus service for evening trains at Saugatuck RR depot
The local shuttle bus service to the Saugatuck Railroad Station is expanding.
Starting Monday, the Westport Transit District’s buses are scheduled to meet all evening express trains arriving from New York’s Grand Central Terminal.
The expansion will enhance service on the shuttle’s S2, S3 and S4 routes, as well as to the Imperial commuter parking lot, according to Westport Transit Directors Jennifer Johnson and Gene Cederbaum.
For the S2, S3 and S4 routes, shuttle buses will meet trains arriving at Saugatuck that leave Grand Central at 5:03, 5:26, 5:46, 6:32 and 6:49 p.m.
For service to the Imperial lot, buses will meet trains that leave from Grand Central at 5:03, 5:26, 5:46, 6:11, 6:32, 6:49, 6:53, 7:12, 7:34 and 8:07 p.m.
The new service times are being implemented based on results of public surveys the district conducted last summer. Riders asked that buses meet later trains leaving from New York, according to the transit district.
“Providing an enhanced breadth of service in the evening makes public transportation an even more inviting option to driving to and from the station daily. Meeting express trains, some with travel times of only 62 minutes, and departing from the city later in the evening provides commuters with more flexibility in the use of the District's bus service,” Johnson said in a statement announcing the changes.
Funding for the enhanced rail service came after the Federal Transit Administration terminated Westport’s after-school service last June.
“Rather than lose the funding for our fixed-route services, we worked with Norwalk Transit District (which manages the local shuttle service) to re-allocate the funding for enhanced rail station services,” said Johnson. “We will evaluate this new service, and if it holds the promise of promoting the use of public transportation, we will seek further funding to make similar service available at the Greens Farms station,” Cederbaum said.