Governor Lamont Launches Program Offering Fare-Free Weekend/Holiday Bus Service To State Parks and Beaches This Summer
Pilot Program Comes as Part of Governor Lamont’s Weekend Wheels Program
HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont announced the launch of ParkConneCT, a pilot program offering new fare-free shuttles and enhanced existing transit service to various state parks and beaches this summer from Memorial Day weekend beginning Saturday, May 29, 2021, through Labor Day weekend.
The ParkConneCT program, a collaboration of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), aims to connect people to Connecticut State Parks for the summer season to support seasonal employment, and promote recreational activity to improve physical and mental wellbeing. The initiative is part of Governor Ned Lamont’s broader “Weekend Wheels” program, which offers fare-free summertime weekend CTtransit bus service as part of the state’s COVID-19 pandemic recovery.
“Getting outdoors was critical for people during the pandemic, and will continue to be as we emerge from it,” Governor Lamont said. “Connecting residents to our wonderful state parks serves many purposes – it will help people get to their jobs if they have seasonal employment with DEEP, and will provide better access to the physical, mental, and educational benefits gained from spending time in our parks.”
“As we saw from the extraordinary number of visitors last year, people love Connecticut’s state parks,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said.