East Haddam residents will soon have greater mobility with new access to a regional transit system. Beginning January 15th, the town of East Haddam will begin a contract with 9 Town Transit to provide general public Dial-A-Ride service throughout the town.
9 Town Transit, operated by the Estuary Transit District, currently provides Dial-A-Ride service throughout Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Any location within East Haddam and Moodus will now also be included in the new expanded service area.
9 Town Transit will also offer East Haddam residents service to parts of Westchester and Colchester, CT, including the Stop & Shop supermarket. In addition, East Haddam residents may travel to the Middletown Stop & Shop supermarket, Middlesex Hospital, Middlesex Community College and the Saybrook Road area medical offices.
To reserve a trip, customers will call 9 Town Transit at up to two weeks but no less than one day in advance. The fare will be $3.00 each way, with seniors age 60 and over eligible to ride at a suggested donation of $1.50. The hours of service are 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. The service is open to the general public with no age restrictions. All vehicles are fully accessible with wheelchair lifts and service is available for any trip purpose.
When calling, be ready to provide the address of where you are going along with the date and time of the trip and return trip. If going to work or an appointment, be sure to tell the reservation agent. The agent will give you a half hour pick-up window in which the bus will arrive. Be ready to board the bus at any time during that window.
Although there is no limit to the purpose of the trip, people going to work, school or other regular appointments may set up a subscription. Once booked, a subscription will repeat regularly unless canceled so there is no need to keep calling to book your trip.
Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-554-0551.