What is the Lower Connecticut River Valley Transit Study?
RiverCOG is conducting the Lower Connecticut River Valley (LCRV) Transit Study to take a comprehensive look at bus transit services in the region. These services are provided by the Estuary Transit District (operating as 9 Town Transit) and Middletown Area Transit (MAT). The LCRV Transit Study began in early 2019 and will take about one year to complete. It is funded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and administered by RiverCOG.
The 9 Town Transit and MAT transit districts operate in distinct but adjacent service areas. 9 Town Transit serves Shoreline communities between Old Lyme and Clinton, with service running north to Durham and Haddam; regional connections to New London, Madison, and Middletown are also provided. MAT focuses on local Middletown routes, with service provided to Middlefield, East Hampton, Portland, Durham, and parts of Cromwell and Meriden.
The study is assessing the performance and effectiveness of existing transit services and considering potential enhancements, such as how to better match service with demand, make regional connections, and serve key activity centers. Additional communities outside the two districts have also expressed interest in being served and the study will evaluate whether service expansions would be effective.
The study will be complete in early 2020 and will recommend actions and additional planning steps to improve the delivery of service in the region. RiverCOG encourages you to get involved with the study and share your input. Click here to see how you can get involved!