Norwalk Transit District
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (June 2011)|
Norwalk Transit District Gillig Advantage #167 at the WHEELS Pulse Point, on Route 13.
|Headquarters||275 Wilson Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
|Service area||Norwalk, Danbury, Westport, Greenwich, and nearby communities|
|Service type||Local bus service|
Route 7 link to Danbury
Coastal Link to Milford
|Hubs||Norwalk WHEELS hub
(for Norwalk routes)
|Daily ridership||2005: 6,299 (weekday); 2,927 (Saturday); 523 (Sunday) |
|Operator||Norwalk Transit District|
|Chief executive||Louis Schulman (general manager)|
The Norwalk Transit District is the primary provider of public transportation services in Norwalk, Connecticut and surrounding communities. The district's fixed-route bus transit system, known as WHEELS, is the primary service of the system linking Norwalk and its immediate suburbs as well as peak-hour service as far north as Danbury (with HART) and as far east as Bridgeport (with GBTA) as well as shuttles to Metro-North stations. Paratransit services are also available for residents in the service area unable to use regular transit services.
The city of Norwalk founded the Norwalk Transit District in 1978, seven years after The Connecticut Company ceased operations in Norwalk outside of their route linking Norwalk to Stamford (which continues as Connecticut Transit Stamford Route 41). Though an entity of its city, the district does also receive funding from the Connecticut Department of Transportation and has both its funds and transfers synched to those of the DOT-aligned CT Transit though it has not piggybacked onto that agency's bus orders.
WHEELS operates fixed routes throughout its service area. A "pulse-point" system is used with all routes meeting at the "WHEELS Hub" in downtown Norwalk to facilitate instant transfers between routes plus CT Transit Route 41 (though passengers on WHEELS routes 11 and 13 can transfer earlier/later during their shared area on U.S. Route 1). Fares as of 2012 are $1.50 (US) with a free transfer which can be used on WHEELS, CT Transit, HART, GBTA, or Milford Transit.
- 12 fixed route services, all in the city limits of Norwalk, which run as bidirectional loops from the transit hub, starting at approximately 5:00 am and ending at 8:00 pm weekdays and (most routes) 7:00 am-7:00 pm weekends.
- Regular Routes
- Route 1- to Fox Run
- Route 2- to Broad River
- Route 3- to Union
- Route 4- to West Rocks
- Routes 5/6- to Newtown/Wolfpit
- Route 7- to Norden Park
- Route 8- to Shady Beach
- Route 9- to Woodward
- Route 10- to Wilson
- Route 11- to Norwalk Community College
- Route 12- to McKinley
- Route 13- to Richards
- Regular Routes
- 2 "Evening Shuttle" routes which provide extra service alongside Main Street and Connecticut Avenue. These buses also meet arriving and departing trains at Metro-North Railroad's South Norwalk station.
- 2 "Sunday Shuttle" routes which run alongside Main Street and Connecticut Avenue which are similar to the Evening Shuttles.
- Main Ave
- Connecticut Ave
- 3 regional routes
- The Coastal Link, a Daily regional route running to Bridgeport and Milford operated with the GBTA and Milford Transit District and funded by CDOT.
- The Route 7 Link, a weekday route running between Norwalk and Danbury operated with HART and funded by CDOT.
- Connecticut Transit Route 41, a weekday route running between Norwalk and Stamford operated with Connecticut Transit Stamford and funded by CDOT.
- 5 commuter shuttle routes
- Norwalk Hospital/Belden Avenue
- Merritt 7/Glover Avenue
- Westport Road/Wilton
- Maritime Garage
- CT Ave/ NCC
- 5 school trip routes
- Norwalk High
- Brien McMahon High
- Richard C. Briggs High
- Roton Middle
- Ponus Ridge Middle
Outside Norwalk, WHEELS offers several variable services including:
- Routes serving the town of Westport (Route 1- Downtown/Post Road West)
- Westport commuter service (Route G1- Coleytown to Green Farms Station, Route G2- Long Lots to Green Farms Station, Route S2- Old Hill to Saugatauck Station, Route S3- Riverside to Saugatauck Station, Route S4- Post Rd to Saugatauck Station)
- ADA and Paratrasit service for much of Fairfield County
- A commuter shuttle route serving Greenwich (Central Loop)
|New Flyer D40LF||2001||135-136
|DD40E/ Allison B400R5||Coastal Link||Leased from CT Transit; used only on Coastal Link; To be replaced when lease is up in 2015|
|Gillig LF 29'||2002||G101-G104
|Cummins ISL/ Allison B300R||Greenwich Service||Active; To be replaced soon|
|Thomas Dennis SLF||2002||224-227; 301-312
|Cummins ISB/ Allison B300R||Shuttle; Westport service||Active; 224-227 assigned to Shuttle and 301-312 is assigned to Westport Service; In Rush Hour/ Standby service; To be Replaced soon|
|New Flyer D40LF||2003||329
|DD50EGR/ Allison B400R5||Coastal Link||Active; Leased from CT Transit; used on CL only|
|Orion VII 07.502 35'||2004||147-165
|DD50/ Allison B400R||WHEELS||Active; Currently being rehabbed. To be replaced with future bus order|
|Gillig LF 35'||2005||167-169
|Cummins ISL EPA05/ Allison B400R6||WHEELS||Active|
|Gillig LF 29'||2008||228-229
|Cummins ISL/ B300R||Shuttle||Active|
|Gillig LF 35'||2008||170-173
|Cummins ISL/ B300R||WHEELS||Active|
|Gillig LF 29'||2010||230-231
|Cummins ISL9/ B300R||Shuttle||Active|
|Gillig LF 35'||2010||174-175
|Cummins ISL9/ B400R6||WHEELS||Active|
|Gillig LF 40'||2010||176
|Cummins ISL9/ B400R6||Coastal Link||Active; used only on CL|