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Park ConneCT

Park Connect logo and Image of Silver Sands state park

The Connecticut Departments of Transportation and Energy and Environmental Protection are pleased to announce the ParkConneCT program, a collaboration of CTDOT and CT DEEP. This program aims to provide safe and reliable transportation within a 10 minute walk to Hammonasset Beach, Silver Sands, Bluff Point, Fort Trumbull and Sleeping Giant State Parks.

The ParkConneCT Pilot Program will run from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend (05/29/2021 to 09/06/2021). All buses will operate without collecting fares on Saturdays, Sundays (if operating), Memorial Day, Independence Day (observed 07/05/2021) and Labor Day as part of the Weekend Wheels program promotion. Routes to these parks also serve train stations to provide access to the parks on a regional basis.

The Silver Sands Shuttle, Madison Shuttle and Clinton Trolley will also be free on Weekdays.

Please visit CTrides for assistance on planning your transit to your location and the individual park websites to see what amenities are available at that location. Restrooms, shelters, and concessions vary from park to park and may not be available at all locations.

 

 Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison

Estuary Transit District (9-Town Transit)

 

Bus Connections

  • Estuary 641: Old Saybrook/Madison
  • Estuary 645: Madison/Middletown
  • Clinton Trolley
  • Madison Shuttle

For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the operator’s website.

Bus Stops for Walking Directions

 

Estuary 641: Old Saybrook/Madison

  • Route 1 & Hammonasset (Eastbound): Coordinates (41.27404467062559, -72.55740561034413)
  • Route 1 & Hammonasset (Westbound): Coordinates (41.274132816823624, -72.55712029466447)

Depending on the recommended path this could be between 0.5 and 0.75 Miles

 

Notes:

  • If Estuary 645: Madison/Middletown doesn’t divert to Middle Beach in the park interior, then it will also use these same stops.
  • Directions to the Park from this stop: Follow the paved recreation path through the campground and to the beach (0.7 miles to the beach)
  • The Middle Beach stop location is the traffic circle adjacent to the Middle Beach Bathhouse.  (41.26125161691811, -72.55686581997406)  The 645, Madison Shuttle, and Clinton Trolley all plan on currently using Middle Beach.

Shore Line East Rail Connections

  • Madison Train Station

For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the operator’s website.

 

 Silver Sands State Park, Milford

 

Milford Transit District

 

Bus Connections:

  • Milford Route 3
  • Coastal Link
  • Silver Sands Shuttle

For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the operator’s website.

 

Bus Stops for Walking Directions:

 

Milford Route 3

  • SILVER SANDS: Coordinates (41.20046201563207, -73.06533904735994)

Notes:

  • Milford Route 3 will continue to serve the fisherman’s lot off East Broadway
  • The Silver Sands Shuttle will enter the park via the Silver Sands Pkwy and stop at the interior lot next to the boardwalk Suggest: (41.19998172429593, -73.06566401770944)

Metro-North Rail Connections:

  • Milford Train Station

For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the operator’s website.

 

 Bluff Point State Park, Groton

 

Southeast Area Transit District (SEAT)

 

Bus Connections:

  • Route 11: Groton Local Service

For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the operator’s website.

 

Bus Stops for Walking Directions

 

SEAT Route 11: Groton Local Service

  • New Stop: Coordinates (41.34297690841177, -72.03380027771905)

Notes:

  • A new stop will be placed on Depot Rd at the intersection of Depot Rd and Fitch Ave. The above coordinates loosely correspond to the general area of the new stop. Whether or not a temporary or permanent sign placement will be determined after the logo is finalized.
  • Please remember that SEAT operates a flag-down service. This means that as long as you are on the same side of the street as the bus, you are free to wave it down, and board at any point, same with exiting the bus – you are free to signal to the driver, who will then stop at the nearest safest point to let you off.
  • Directions to the Park from the stop:  Follow the sidewalk along Depot Road south for 0.1 mile, under the railroad overpass to the entrance to the Park
 Fort Trumbull State Park, New London
 

Southeast Area Transit District (SEAT)

 

Bus Connections:

  • Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Beach

For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the operator’s site at (Southeast Area Transit District Website)

 

Ferry Connections:

  • Thames River Heritage Park River Taxi Harbor Cruise

For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the operator’s website.

 

Bus Stops for Walking Directions:

 

SEAT Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Beach

  • New Stop: Coordinates (41.3438193214718, -72.09910845695363)

Notes:

  • A new stop will be placed on Howard St at the intersection of Howard St and Walbach St. The above coordinates loosely correspond to the general area of the new stop. Whether or not a temporary or permanent sign placement will be determined after the logo is finalized.
  • Please remember that SEAT operates a flag-down service. This means that as long as you are on the same side of the street as the bus, you are free to wave it down, and board at any point, same with exiting the bus – you are free to signal to the driver, who will then stop at the nearest safest point to let you off.
  • Directions to the Park from the stop:  Follow the sidewalk along Wallbach Street east, under the railroad overpass to the entrance of the Park (1/4 mi.)

Shore Line East Rail Connections

  • New London Union Station

For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the operator’s website.

 
 Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden

 

CTtransit New Haven Division

 

Bus Connections:

  • Route 228: Whitney Ave
  • Route 229: New Haven - Waterbury

Trail Connections:

  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

Bus Stops for Walking Directions:

 

New Haven Route 229: New Haven – Waterbury:

  • Whitney Ave and Mount Carmel Ave (Northbound): Coordinates (41.42118059347187, -72.90462456228883)
  • Whitney Ave and Opp Mount Carmel Ave (Southbound): Coordinates (41.42094877030731, -72.90481657882513)

New Haven Route 228: Whitney Ave

  • Route 228 shares the exact same stops as the 229
  • New Rd and Mount Carmel Ave (Sunday only): Coordinates (41.420136775087386, -72.89971011046472)

Notes:

  • The coordinates for the above stops were adjusted to correct for the stop locations in imagery. The stops in Google are incorrectly located on the cross walks.
  • The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail runs parallel to Whitney Ave
  • Both routes connect directly to a trail off Whitney Ave that takes visitors to parking lot and interior of the park
  • Visitors can indirectly connect to routes 228 and 229 by taking the Union Station Shuttle from New Haven Union Train Station to the New Haven Green.
  • Directions to the Park from the stop:  Follow the sidewalk along Mount Carmel Avenue east for 0.3 miles, to the main entrance to the Park.