WRTD rates go up, U-Pass riders unaffected

The WRTD bus stops at the Mansfield Transportation Center. The bus stops here each hour. (Elizabeth Sankey/The Daily Campus)

The Windham Region Transit District (WRTD) has changed the fares for certain demographics and routes, as well as introduced a new 10-punch pass, according to a recent press release.

Despite the changes, students from the University of Connecticut with a U-Pass can still ride at no cost, WRTD and UConn, Transportation Planner Katharine Otto said.

“We honor the U-Pass and they (students) can use that for free,” Otto said.

For non-U-Pass riders, a 10-punch pass can be purchased for $12, the press release said. For local routes, one punch will be used per trip. For commuter routes, Dial-A-Ride and ADA Trips, two punches will be used per trip.

The 10-punch pass can be used for “significant discounts and flexibility for riders,” the press release said.

The disabled local monthly pass was also introduced this month, the press release said. For $25, a disabled person can use the bus service for unlimited trips on local routes per calendar month.

“The main thing we’re trying to do is simplify things,” Otto said. “We hope the 10-punch pass will make things easier.”

According the changes were made in hopes of attracting more customers.

“Increase in ridership is our main goal,” Otto said.

Route changes are also a possibility in the near future, Otto said.

The price hikes will go into effect on May 6, 2019.


Luke Hajdasz is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at luke.hajdasz@uconn.edu.