Governor Lamont Announces ParkConneCT Program Will Resume This Summer, Providing Free and Increased Bus Services to State Parks and Beaches


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Governor Lamont Announces ParkConneCT Program Will Resume This Summer, Providing Free and Increased Bus Services to State Parks and Beaches

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that ParkConneCTa pilot program launched last year that provides free shuttles and enhanced transit service to various Connecticut state parks and beaches, will continue through the summer of 2022, the Memorial Weekend launch Day (Saturday May 28, 2022) and will last until Labor Day (September 5, 2022).

ParkConneCT aims to connect people to Connecticut state parks and beaches during the summer months to support seasonal employment and promote recreational activities. It is a collaboration between the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT).

“Our state parks are one of the best things about living in Connecticut, and connecting our residents with them is important,” Governor Lamont said. “The ParkConneCT program increases access to the physical, mental and educational benefits of spending time outdoors in these beautiful spaces. It can also help people who have a seasonal job with DEEP to get to their place of work. I encourage residents to use this service and spend time in our parks this summer.

“So many people have discovered or rediscovered state parks over the past two years, drawn by the beauty as well as the positive physical and mental benefits that nature provides,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “Unfortunately, access to transportation can be a barrier that prevents many people from accessing these wonderful places. This program makes it easier for people to have a fun and rejuvenating recreational experience in some of our state’s most beautiful settings, and it can also serve as a transportation option for some of our valued seasonal employees. Thank you, Governor Lamont and our CTDOT partners for the vision and collaboration on this program.

“We are delighted to be supporting ParkConneCT again this summer season,” CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “From buses to shuttles and trains to trolleys, there are many modes of transportation that get people where they need to be safely and efficiently. Providing free services for the ParkConneCT program helps expand access to these beautiful parks and beaches for Connecticut residents. »

All buses associated with ParkConneCT will be free from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (May 28, 2022 through September 5, 2022). Moreover, as part of the 2023 fiscal year budget, all buses in the state will operate without collecting fares until December 1, 2022, except for premium on-demand ridesharing programs. Wheels 2U and Valley Transit District on-demand ridesharing services will only be free on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays observed May 28, July 4 and September 5, when using the service to or from the parks of the ParkConneCT program.

The parks included in the ParkConneCT pilot program are:

  • Fort Trumbull State Park
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
  • Indian Well State Park
  • Osbornedale State Park
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Silver Sands State Park
  • Sleeping Giant State Park

State parks for this pilot program were selected based on criteria prioritizing seasonal employment levels, summer recreational activities, frequently visited tourist destinations and existing service connections. Routes were selected by performing analysis using geospatial information systems and prioritizing areas where the most cost-effective improvements could be made to connect people to the parks.

For more information about ParkConneCT, visit

DEEP continues to hire for seasonal positions at beaches, campgrounds, parks, forests and boat ramps. Positions are available in water lifeguarding, guest relations, facility and grounds maintenance, environmental conservation and education, office administration, and more. Those interested in lifeguard positions should apply by June 17, 2022, at To explore all the seasonal opportunities at DEEP, visit

Schedule of ParkConneCT services

Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison)

  • Hourly service on the Clinton Trolley which now stops in Middle Beach (operates Thursday through Sunday and holidays)
  • 30-minute service on the Madison Shuttle that stops in Middle Beach (operates weekends and holidays)
  • Two-hour service on 9-Town Transit 645: Madison/Middletown which stops in Middle Beach (diverts to the park on Saturdays)
  • CTtransit Route 201 from New Haven operates weekdays and Saturdays, connecting to the Madison Shuttle route serving Hammonasset.
  • Direct bus service available from Madison, Clinton and Old Saybrook stations.

Silver Sands State Park (Milford)

  • Hourly service on the Silver Sands Shuttle (operates weekends and holidays)
  • Hourly service on Milford Route 3 (operates Monday to Saturday)
  • Daily 30 minute Coastal Link service to Milford station
  • The New Haven Line to Milford Station connects to Milford Route 3 and the Silver Sands Shuttle
  • CTtransit Routes 261 and 271 from New Haven meet the Silver Sands Shuttle route at the CT Post Mall on weekends.

Fort Trumbull State Park (New London)

  • Hourly service on SEAT Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Beach (operates on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/Holidays)
  • The Shore Line East train to Union Station in New London connects to SEAT Route 13
  • Bus service (or walkable) from New London Union Station
  • Thames River Heritage Park River Taxi Harbor Cruise (service begins June 11)

Sleeping Giant State Park (Hamden)

  • Hourly service Monday through Sunday on New Haven Route 228: Whitney Ave (operates Monday through Sunday)
  • Hourly service Monday-Sunday on New Haven Route 229: New Haven – Waterbury (operates Monday-Sunday)
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is a walk across Whitney Avenue to Sleeping Giant State Park

Sherwood Island State Park (Westport) New performance!

Carpooling on demand:

  • Wheels 2U Westport and Norwalk Transit District operate carpool shuttles. Download the app, request a ride, and the shuttle will pick you up anywhere within the Westport service area and drive you to Sherwood Island State Park and back.
  • To use the Weekend Wheels 2U service, free of charge on weekends and holidays, the pick-up or drop-off location must be Sherwood Island State Park.
  • Coastal Link – Take the bus to the CT Route 1 stop and Sherwood Island Connector, then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to take a ride.
  • Take the train to Saugatuck Station or Greens Farms Station, then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get around.

Osbornedale State Park (Derby) and Indian Well State Park (Shelton) New performance!

Carpooling on demand:

  • On weekends and holidays, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Valley Transit District (VTD) will provide transportation, within its service area, from Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Shelton to the parks of Indian Well and Osbornedale state using its on-demand ride. reservation service. Non-Valley residents can use the VTD ParkConneCT service with same day pick up and drop off at Derby/Shelton station. Opening hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. VTD buses are wheelchair accessible and air-conditioned. Riders should contact VTD’s Reservations/Expedition Department at 203-735-6408 for same-day service to Osbornedale and Indian Well parks.
    • Valley Transit District service will be free only on weekends and holidays, and when traveling to Osbornedale or Indian Well parks.
  • GBT Route 15: Connects downtown Bridgeport to Derby/Shelton station (weekend connections)
  • CTtransit Route 255: New Haven/Ansonia/Seymour connects downtown New Haven to Derby/Shelton Station (Saturday connections)
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