Connecticut launches group rates for public transportation

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Connecticut recently launched CTpass, a program that offers group rates to eligible organizations to access public transportation services, including rail and bus systems, statewide.

CTpass expands on the U-Pass CT program, enabling students enrolled in the state’s higher education public institutions to have unlimited use of rail and bus systems by including more organizations.

“Public transportation plays a critical role in eliminating barriers to education and the economy,” Connecticut Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto said. “The CTpass program has the potential to make a big difference in making Connecticut more accessible for students, employees, and job seekers alike.”

Eligible organizations include public or nonprofit social service providers, state and municipal agencies, and groups that provide a training program listed on the Connecticut Department of Labor Department’s Eligible Training Provider List.

Interested organizations must submit applications to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the program’s administrator.

The department will review applications as they are submitted and contact organizations with the next steps in the process. The department then will negotiate group fares based on the rail and bus services that each organization would like to access.

The state legislature approved the creation of CTpass as part of the 2022-2023 biennial state budget signed into law in June.