One of the benefits of living in a major city is being able to access public transportation quickly and easily. For many years now I have been living in Hartford, Connecticut, which is the capital city of the state.
My apartment building is located on one of the busiest streets in Hartford and there are several public bus stops situated very close to my building.
Usually twice a week I have banking business to do at the downtown Hartford branch of my bank and I’ve always preferred not to drive in the downtown area because it is very busy and parking there can sometimes be challenging. As a result I find it to be quite convenient to hop on one of the myriad public buses that drive past my building every day and night.
What a pleasant surprise it was a couple of weeks ago to get on a CT Transit bus heading into downtown Hartford and have the driver explain the company’s new policy when I asked for a route-transfer ticket.
The driver told me that when a passenger now requests a transfer, he or she can utilize the transfer card much more than was previously possible. In essence, a rider can now take as many bus rides as they want to within a 90-minute period. Each transfer card is valid for 90 minutes from the time it was issued.
Previously, when a passenger used a CT Transit route-transfer card they were limited to using the card to transfer to only one connecting route. With the new policy the transfer card can be utilized multiple times, even on routes that are headed in the opposite direction from the route that was originally being taken.
What a great development for the thousands of people who regularly ride on CT Transit buses. No longer do riders have to pay full fare to go to one destination then pay another full fare to return to where they started from.
Many times through the years I would take a bus to the bank branch in downtown Hartford to conduct transactions that took only a few minutes, then get on another bus and pay full fare to return home again.
With the new CT Transit transfer policy I can take one bus to the bank downtown to conduct whatever business needs to get done, then take another bus back home, all for the cost of one bus fare. As a matter of fact, I could even stop somewhere else, such as a grocery store en-route, then get on another bus to go home, all for the cost of one regular bus fare.
To obtain a route-transfer card while riding on a CT Transit bus all you have to do is ask the bus driver for one when you board the bus and pay the fare.
After you have paid the bus fare, the transfer card should come out of a slot in the apparatus that holds the fare box.
The route transfer card itself measures approximately 2.5 x 2.0 inches and is made of fairly sturdy paper. The front of the card features a black and white color scheme. On the top half of the front the words ‘Transfer or All-day pass’ are printed. On the bottom half of the front of the card the words ‘CT Transit’ and ‘Do Not Fold’ are printed.
The back side of the transfer card features a white background on which vital information such as the route and bus numbers, the time the bus was boarded and the expiration time for the transfer are printed.
When you want to use the transfer card, simply place it into the same slot on the fare box that issues the cards. If more than 90 minutes have elapsed since the transfer card was issued the fare box will reject it and the bus driver will tell you that the card is not valid.
With its new route-transfer policy in place, CT Transit is making riding the bus a much more economical and appealing practice.
Personal experience with riding CT Transit buses and using route-transfer cards