Bus Service Returning to Plainfield
This article was published on: 03/8/16 10:35 PM by Curt
It has been more than 20 years since Plainfield has had a dedicated public transportation system, but First Selectman Paul Sweet, will include $12,000 in the proposed 2016-17 budget, to rejoin the Northeastern Connecticut Transit District. Service was eliminated back in the 90’s due to low ridership, but now the townspeople are asking for the bus service to return. The bus proposal will initially be a pilot program, with service to all four of the town’s villages along the route 12 corridor, to a couple of dedicated bus stops. The existing transit schedule includes several “loops” that take riders to a variety of northeastern destinations in Killingly, Brooklyn, Thompson and Putnam. They include the Killingly Commons shopping plaza, Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam and Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, along with stops at libraries, grocery stores and medical centers in the region. The transit district is overseen by the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments. The senior ride program which is presently run out of the Plainfield senior center will remain. The program runs approximately 60-70 round trips each month for anyone age 60 or older. Residents who frequent Killingly Commons welcome the news, as some either cannot, or will not drive there due to medical or transportation issues, and some people are just not comfortable navigating themselves through the traffic. Selectman Sweet has said that the proposal will require holding a public hearing and must fit into the region’s larger transportation plan. Their long term goal might see the bus service being able to connect with Southeast Area Transit routes and connect riders into Norwich and New London.