Tools for Riders

Are you ready to use public transit and want easy ways to find your route and schedule?

Here are some simple options that can help you reach your destination on time.

Google Maps

Google's popular transit planning tool is available on Google Transit, and also through Google Maps . Open Google Transit through your desktop, mobile, or the Google Maps app, and enter your starting (or current location) and destination addresses. Google Transit will show your bus route, including transfers. All are color-coded, and you have the option of viewing multiple routes. Click on Schedule Explorer to view your choices. CTfastrak, and CTtransit Hartford-area,New Haven-area and Stamford-area bus schedules on Google Maps will update in real-time. 

Transit App for iPhone and Android

Do you have a smartphone? If so, Transit, available (free) through your device’s application store, is an easy-to-use route-planning tool. There is no need to enter your starting address. Once the app is open, simply enter your destination address and Transit will do the rest. The next window will display all route options. Click on a route individually to view its stops. You can toggle your transit mode by clicking Options. CTfastrak, CTtransit Hartford-area, and CTtransit New Haven-area, and CTtransit Stamford-area Transit bus times will update in real-time.

Comparable transit-planning tools are also available through Apples’ iOS native Map App, Bing and other map search engines.

Accessing the Free wifi on Buses

On your mobile device, connect to CTPASSENGER, accept terms and conditions, and enjoy the internet! Once you’re connected, our WiFi landing page offers a number of rider resources for you.

Get Alerts by Email

CTtransit is pleased to offer alerts via email concerning bus service information that may impact you. This service allows subscribers to receive information about service changes, important transit related meetings or news, detours or parades, holiday schedules and other relevant information that may affect your commute. 

Public Backed Service Expansions Now Underway!

New Bus Routes Available in New Britain, Berlin, Meriden, Plainville, Southington, and Stamford

When the public talks, CT transit listens.

In March of this year, the Connecticut Department of Transportation implemented new bus routes, now serving communities in New Britain, Berlin, Meriden, Plainville, Southington, and Stamford. These new bus routes will bolster connectivity and amplify coverage throughout central Connecticut.

“Public transit is more than just a mode of transportation; it is a lifeline that connects individuals to career opportunities, businesses to customers, and communities to growth,” said General Manager of CT transit, Thomas Stringer. “A robust public transportation system is essential for driving economic impact and supporting local businesses.”

But wait, there’s more!

This service expansion is just the beginning of a series of upcoming expansions, totaling more than $18 million, proposed by Governor Ned Lamont and supported by local legislature. These new routes will provide greater access to a broader range of employment centers and career opportunities across the region, ultimately enhancing residents' career prospects and improving their quality of life.


“This major bus service expansion is the latest effort to connect customers with critical jobs, housing, and services while expanding opportunities for Transit Oriented Development (TOD)—allowing people to live and commute with ease,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Karen Kitsis. “CTDOT is grateful for the support of Governor Ned Lamont and the Connecticut General Assembly, which responded to customer needs by investing in the expansion of our transit system.”

These new routes were, in part, discovered through feedback from community members, frontline transit workers, and key government officials.

Public Service by the Numbers:

  • 4,300 community members surveyed online
  • 36 community events across Connecticut
  • 29 interviews with transit providers, councils of government, and transit district reps
  • 10 customer focus groups

CTDOT’s Customer Experience (CX) Action Plan team gathered this wealth of responses. Based on insights from those we serve, they lead the initiative to develop public transportation innovations throughout the state. This energized team will continue responding to the needs of the people—the customers and supporters of public transit—and propose new paths forward.


Pictured left to right: Samaia Hernandez, Alicia Leite, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, Lisa Rivers, and Karen Kitsis.

“As Connecticut works to be a leader in delivering major new transit investments, including CTfastrak and CTrail Hartford Line, we recognize the support and input of our transit providers and customers across Connecticut,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Public Transportation Bureau Chief Benjamin Limmer. “We look forward to launching new transportation services in communities across Connecticut in the months ahead.” 

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