Norwalk Transit District

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2006 Norwalk Transit District Gillig Advantage #167 at the WHEELS Pulse Point, on Route 13.
Founded 1978
Headquarters 275 Wilson Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854
Locale Southwestern Connecticut
Service area Norwalk, Danbury, Westport, Greenwich, and nearby communities
Service type Local bus service
Routes Local fixed route services in Norwalk, Greenwich and Westport, CT and regional connections to Stamford, Danbury, Wilton, Bridgport, and Milford, CT
Hubs Norwalk WHEELS Hub
(for Norwalk routes)
Fleet 56[1]
Daily ridership 2005: 6,299 (weekday); 2,927 (Saturday); 523 (Sunday) [1]
Operator Norwalk Transit District
Chief executive Kimberlee Morton (Chief Executive Officer)
Website

Official Website

= MyStop

The Norwalk Transit District is the primary provider of public transportation services in Norwalk, Connecticut and surrounding communities. The local Norwalk fixed-route bus transit system, known as WHEELS, is the primary service of the district linking Norwalk and its immediate suburbs. The agency also operates regional bus services as far north as Danbury (with HARTransit) and as far east as Bridgeport (with GBT) and commuter shuttles to Metro-North stations. Paratransit door-to-door services are available for residents in the service area unable to use regular transit services. Norwalk Transit contracts with local transportation service providers to perform some of the door-to-door services, and is also the provider of public transit for the Westport Transit District..

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). The district receives local, federal and state funding from the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Routes[edit]

Norwalk Transit operates fixed routes throughout Norwalk, Wesport and Greenwich, CT. A "pulse-point" system is used with all Norwalk routes meeting at the "WHEELS Hub" in downtown Norwalk to facilitate instant transfers between local Norwalk routes and regional connections such as CT Transit Route 341. Passengers on WHEELS routes 11 and 13 can transfer in shared service areas along U.S. Route 1. Fares as of 2017 are $1.75 (US) for a 90 minutes unlimited pass.

WHEELS Services[edit]

  • 10 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 weekend services operating from 7:00 am–7:00 pm
      • 1 - West Norwalk
      • 3 - Route 7/ Glover Ave
      • 4 - Wilton Center
      • 7 Nordan Park
      • 8 Calf Pasture Beach
      • 9 Woodward Ave/ Dock Rd
      • 10 Wilson Ave
      • 11 Crosstown to Norwalk Community College
      • 12 Roton Middle School
      • 13 NCC via CT ave

Evening and Weekend Shuttles[edit]

    • Connecticut Ave Shuttle
    • Main Ave Shuttle

Regional Connections[edit]

    • Danbury-Norwalk Route 7 Link ( Operated by Housatonic Area Regional Transit)
    • Coastal Link ( Operated in partnership with Greater Bridgeport Transit and Milford Transit District)
    • Transfers with CT Transit Route 341 at the WHEELS Hub

Norwalk Commuter Shuttles[edit]

    • Norwalk Hospital/Belden Avenue
    • Merritt 7/Glover Avenue
    • Westport Road/Wilton
    • Norwalk Community College/Connecticut Ave

Westport Commuter Shuttles[edit]

    • Seven routes that operate during peak train times to and from Westport residential and commercial areas and Sauguatuck Metro-North Station and Greens Farm Metro-North Station.

Greenwich Commuter Shuttles[edit]

    • Central Loop
    • West Loop

Door-to-Door Services[edit]

  • Norwalk Transit directly operates and contracts with a number of local operators to provide ADA and Paratrasit service for much of Fairfield County, CT

Fleet[edit]

Builder, model Year(s) Built Fleet Numbers Powertrain Notes Photo
Orion VII 07.502 35' 2003 147-165
(19)
Detroit Diesel S50 EGR/ Allison B-400R5
  • WHEELS
  • Active
  • 2003 models built in 2004
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
  • 165 and 2 other units retired and sent to scrap
Norwalk Transit District 154.jpg
Gillig LF 35' 2006 167-169
(3)
Cummins ISL04/ Allison B-400R5
  • WHEELS
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Norwalk Transit District 167.jpg
Gillig LF 29' 2008 228-229
(2)
Cummins ISL07-Allison B-300R6
  • Shuttle
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Gillig LF 35' 2008 170-173
(4)
Cummins ISL07-Allison B-400R6
  • WHEELS Service
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Wheels Gillig 171.jpg
Gillig LF 29' 2010 230
(1)
Cummins ISL07-Allison B-300R6
  • Shuttle
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Gillig LF 35' 2010 174-175
(2)
Cummins ISL07-Allison B-400R6
  • WHEELS
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
  • 175 out of service due to accident in garage on April 14, 2018
Wheels Gillig 175.jpg
Gillig LF 40' 2010 176
(1)
Cummins ISL07-Allison B-400R6
  • Coastal Link
  • Active
  • Used only on Coastal Link
  • This unit has a GPS system with automated announcements
Wheels Gillig 176.jpg
New Flyer XD40 2014 177-178
(2)
Cummins ISL9 EPA13\ Allison B400R6
  • Coastal Link
  • Active
  • Used only on Coastal Link
  • Replaced 2001 New Flyer D40LF 135 & 136
  • Fitted with GPS, security cameras, automated announcements and automatic passenger counters
Wheels NFI 178.jpg
Gillig LF 29' 2015 231-242
(12)
Cummins ISL9 EPA 2013-Allison B-300R6
  • Shuttle
  • Active
  • Fitted with GPS, security cameras, automated announcements and automatic passenger counters
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TBA 2020 TBD Cummins L9\ Allison B400R6
  • WHEELS Service
  • To replace 2004 Orion VII stock
  • To come equipped with GPS, security cameras, automated announcements and automatic passenger counters
  • RFP to be released in April 2018

Para-Transit Van Fleet[edit]

Manufacturer/Model Order Year Series
(Qty.)
Engine Service Notes
Ford E350 Startrans w/ Lift 20' 2004 401-403, 407, 408, 409, 411, 412 (8) Powerstroke 6.0 V8 Door to Door
  • All Retired as of April 16, 2018
Ford E350 Startrans w/ Lift 22' 2004 416 (1) Powerstroke 6.0 V8 Door to Door
  • Retired as of April 16, 2018
Ford E450 Startrans w/ Lift 25' 2004 419 (1) Powerstroke 6.0 V8 Door to Door, Shuttle, Westport Service
  • Retired as of April 16, 2018
  • Equipped with Destination Signs
Ford E350 Supreme w/ Lift 25' 2008 719 (1) Ford Triton V8 Gas Door To Door
  • Active
Ford E450 Phoenix Coach and Equipment w/ Lift 25' 2008 422-428 (7) Powerstroke 6.0 V8 Door to Door
  • Active
Ford E450 Phoenix Coach and Equipment w/ Lift 24' 2010 429 - 431 (3) Powerstroke 6.0 V8 Westport Service
  • Active
  • Equipped with Destination Signs
Chevy Express 3500 Coach and Equipment w/ Lift 25' 2014 432-441 (10) Duramax 6.6L V8 Door to Door, Westport Service
  • Active
  • Equipped with Destination Signs
Ford E450 Coach and Equipment 2018-2020 442-471 (30) Ford Trition V8 Gas Door to Door
  • 442-451 in Service
  • 10 more due Q3 2018
  • Replacing all Paratransit fleet

Retired Bus Fleet[edit]

Order Year Manufacturer/Model Series Powertrain Notes
1978 Mercedes Benz O309D Unknown Unknown
  • Starter fleet for Norwalk Transit District Retired after 1 year of service
  • Replaced by the 1979 GMC RTS T7W-603
1979 GMC RTS T7W-603 101-119 Detroit Diesel 6v71/Allison V730
  • First Air Conditioned and buses in the fleet
  • First buses to come with Wheelchair lift

Retired in 1992

1982 Scania CN-112 120-122 Unknown
  • Retired in 1993
1987 Orion 1 01.504 123 Detroit Diesel 6v71/ Allison HT-747
  • Retired in 2001
1991 MCI Classic TC40102A 166 Detroit Diesel 6v92TA/ Allison V730
  • Acquired from CT Transit in 2004
  • Originally numbered 9101
  • Retired in 2010
1992 TMC RTS T70-606 124-142 Detroit Diesel 6v92TA/ Allison V730
  • Replaced 1979 RTS Stock
  • Retired in 2004
  • 124 was donated to Norwalk Police in 2004 and was later Scrapped
  • 134 retained as spare and retired in 2006
  • 135-136 was renumbered due to conflicting numbers with the 2001 New Flyer D40LF
1993 Flxible Metro D 143-145 Detroit Diesel 6v92TA/ Allison V730
  • Retired in 2006
  • 143 was sold to a private owner in Atlanta, GA
  • 144 was retained as a spare bus until 2007
1998 El Dorado Ez-Rider II 146 Cummins ISB/ Allison B300R
  • Leased from CT Transit until 2002
2001 New Flyer D40LF 135-136 Detroit Diesel 40E/ Allison B400R6
  • Leased from CT Transit until 2015
  • 135 Originally assigned to Route 7 Link but was transferred to CL pool in 2003 due to low ridership on 7L
  • Briefly renumbered 1350 and 1360 respectively in 2012-2013
2002 Thomas Dennis SLF226 224-227,301-312 Cummins ISB/ Allison B300R
  • 224-227 assigned to Norwalk Commuter Shuttle
  • 301-312 assigned to Westport Commuter Shuttle
  • Retired in 2015
2002 Gillig LF 29' G101-G102 Cummins ISL/ Allison B300R
  • Transferred to Norwalk Commuter Shuttle pool before retirement
  • Retired in 2017
2003 New Flyer D40LF 329 Detroit Diesel 50EGR/ Allison B400R6
  • Leased from CT Transit until 2016
  • Retired due to major mechanical failure

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