September 14, 2018

Malloy, Herbst tout UConn-to-Hartford bus line passenger traffic

HBJ Photos | Sean Teehan
HBJ Photos | Sean Teehan
UConn's Hartford campus.

A bus line that connects Hartford to the University of Connecticut's flagship campus in Storrs carried more than 115,000 passenger trips in its inaugural year, according to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's office.

The eight-stop 913 Buckland-Storrs Express began driving passengers between the state's Capital City and largest university on Aug. 13, 2017.

A majority of passengers since then have been users of the U-Pass CT program, which provides unlimited rides to students and faculty at UConn and schools in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, Malloy's office said.

"By connecting campuses within our state's flagship university to other destinations in Central Connecticut, including the Hartford Line commuter rail system and CTfastrak … we are making smart investments in our economy," Malloy said in a statement.

UConn President Susan Herbst said the bus line has proven a boon for UConn, which opened its Hartford campus in the city's downtown last year.

"We felt sure there would be strong ridership based on the feedback we heard from our students, but these numbers exceed our highest expectations," Herbst's statement said.

In a statement, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said ridership includes, in addition to students and faculty, thousands of "regular" Connecticut residents.

The 913 Buckland-Storrs Express operates weekdays from 5 a.m. to midnight; 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. on Saturdays; and 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Sundays.

Other highlights from the month of Aug. 2018 include:

  • 9,096 passenger trips were recorded on Route 913 in August, with 4,817 of those trips starting/ending in Storrs;
  • The fall semester began at UConn on Monday, Aug. 27 and ridership jumped immediately from an average of 285 passengers per weekday to 612 passenger per weekday as a result;
  • Route 913 set a new single-day ridership record of 780 passenger trips on Friday, Aug. 31; and
  • In the first three weeks of Route 913's second year of service, ridership in the corridor is up 18.4 percent over year one.
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