Norwalk Transit District

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Not to be confused with Norwalk Transit (California), an unrelated transit agency.
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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 GBTA) 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 alongU.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 (Fox Run)
      • 3 (Union)
      • 4 (West Rocks)
      • 7 (Norden Park)
      • 8 (Shady Beach)
      • 9 (Woodward)
      • 10 (Wilson)
      • 11 (Norwalk Community College)
      • 12 (McKinley)
      • 13 (Richards)

Evening and Weekend Shuttles[edit]

    • Connecticut Ave Shuttle
    • Main Ave Shuttle

Regional Connections[edit]

    • Danbury-Norwalk Route 7 Link
    • Coastal Link
    • 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]

Manufacturer/Model Order Year Series
(Qty.)
Powertrain Service Notes
Orion VII 07.502 35' 2004 147-165
(19)
Detroit Diesel 50EGR/ Allison B400R WHEELS
  • Active
Gillig LF 29" 2004 G101-G104 (4) Cummins ISL/Allison B300R Greenwich Service; Shuttle
  • Active
  • G101-G102 was transferred to Shuttle division in April 2017
Gillig LF 35' 2005 167-169
(3)
Cummins ISL EPA04/ Allison B400R5 WHEELS
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Gillig LF 29' 2008 228-229
(2)
Cummins ISL-Allison B300R Shuttle
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system
Gillig LF 35' 2008 170-173
(4)
Cummins ISL-Allison B400R5 WHEELS
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Gillig LF 29' 2010 230
(1)
Cummins ISL9-Allison B300R Shuttle
  • Active
Gillig LF 35' 2010 174-175
(2)
Cummins ISL9-Allison B400R6 WHEELS
  • Active
  • These units have a GPS system with automated announcements
Gillig LF 40' 2010 176
(1)
Cummins ISL9-Allison B400R6 Coastal Link
  • Active
  • Used only on CL
  • This unit has a GPS system with automated announcements
New Flyer XD40 2014 177-178
(2)
Cummins ISL9 EPA 13-Allison B400R6 Coastal Link
  • Active
  • Fitted with GPS, security cameras, automated announcements and automatic passenger counters
Gillig LF 29' 2015 231-242
(12)
Cummins ISL9 EPA 13-Allison B300R Shuttle
  • Active
  • Fitted with GPS, security cameras, automated announcements and automatic passenger counters
Van w/ Lift 20' 2004 401-403, 407, 408, 409, 411, 412 (8) Ford E350 Econoline Paratransit, Door to Door
  • Active
Van w/ Lift 22' 2004 416 (1) Ford E350 Econoline Paratransit, Door to Door
  • Active
Van w/ Lift 25' 2004 419 (1) Ford E450 Econoline Shuttle
  • Active
Van w/ Lift 25' 2008 719 (1) Ford E350 Supreme Paratransit
  • Active
Van w/ Lift 25' 2010 422-428 (7) Ford E450 Phoenix Paratransit
  • Active
Van w/ Lift 24' 2010 429 - 431 (3) Ford E450 Phoenix Paratransit
  • Active
Van w/ Lift 25' 2014 432-441 (10) Chevrolet Express/Pegasus Parattransit
  • Active

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