All buses have wheelchair lifts or ramps for access by persons with disabilities. Also, the bus can "kneel" to lower the first step height. Please ask the operator to kneel the bus to assist you in boarding or alighting.
Most types of mobility devices (wheelchairs, 3-wheel scooters, and walkers) can be accommodated on the buses. Each bus has a system for securing wheelchairs. CTtransit safety policy requires a 4-point securement for all mobility devices. Use of the lap belt is recommended for the customer´s maximum safety.
Please ask the operator to deploy the mobility access unit if you wish to use the lift or ramp to board the bus.
Senior citizens (65 years +) and persons with a qualifying disability can travel for a reduced fare at any time on CTtransit and all other bus systems operating under contract to the CTDOT.
Senior Citizens: If you have a Medicare card, you are entitled to ride for a reduced fare. Simply show your Medicare card to the operator when you board the bus. Your local transit provider is required to accept the Medicare card for a half fare.
State of CT-issued Reduced Fare ID or Medicare card must be shown with use of Senior/Disabled pass or ticket.
All trains and stations are handicapped accessible. When boarding or leaving a train in a wheelchair, back on and off, so that the larger rear wheels lead. This makes it less likely that the small front wheels will get caught in the gap between the platform edge and the train. Whenever the gap or the difference in height between the train and the station is too large, ask the train crew to set a bridge plate in place to span the gap.
If you ride CTfastrak, Fare Inspectors will make inspections on CTfastrak station platforms and CTfastrak buses. Remember to keep your pass or ticket handy, as you may be asked to show your Proof of Payment more than once during your trip. If you are riding at a reduced fare (you will be required to present proper ID as well as your proof of payment.
You are welcome to travel with your service animal on buses. A service animal is not allowed to occupy a seat on the bus. Customers with disabilities are permitted to bring their service animals into all transit facilities. The animals must be securely leashed for the safety of all customers.
A service animal is any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to intruders or sounds, providing minimal protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items. While most service animals are dogs, the possibility of other types of service animal is recognized.
Personal Care Attendants (PCA) – A PCA is a person who assists the eligible rider with daily life functions and provide assistance during the ride or at the destination. The PCA does not pay a fare.
Travel Training Program
The Kennedy Center Travel Training is a nationally acclaimed program that teaches people with disabilities and seniors how to properly and safely use the local bus and rail system on a one-to-one basis throughout the state of CT. Since 1991, The Kennedy Center has successfully travel trained more than 3,000 people with cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities, aged 16-95, to use local buses and trains to access the community. There is no charge for travel training, the program is grant funded by The Connecticut Department of Transportation.
Information is available in alternative formats including but not limited to Braille, large print, audio or electronic media. Anyone requesting service information or assistance in any accessible formats may call the Customer Service Department at 860-525-9181.