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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 through Labor Day weekend (9/6/2021).  The Silver Sands Shuttle, Madison Shuttle and Clinton Trolley operate fare-free, 7 days a week through Labor Day.  All other public buses statewide will operate without collecting fares on Saturdays, Sundays (if operating), Independence Day (observed 7/5/2021), and Labor Day as part of the Weekend Wheels program promotion.  Connections to the parks listed above are available from nearby train stations, providing access to the parks on a regional basis. 

Please visit each transit operator's website below for assistance on planning transit to the park 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

Hammonasset Beach State Park Route Map

Estuary Transit District (9-Town Transit)

 

Bus Connections

  • Estuary 641: Old Saybrook/Madison (fare-free on weekends and holidays)
    • Bus stop for this route is located at Route 1 & Hammonasset
    • Walking 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)
  • Estuary 645: Madison/Middletown (fare-free on weekends and holidays)
  • Clinton Trolley and Madison Shuttle (fare-free, 7 days/week)
  • CTtransit Route 201 from New Haven operates weekdays and Saturdays, meeting the Estuary 641 route serving Hammonasset.

CTrail Shore Line East Rail Connections

  • Direct Bus service available from the Madison, Clinton and Old Saybrook train stations.

For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the rail operator’s website, the bus operator’s trip planner page Online Trip Planner | Estuarytransit, or use Google Transit – just enter your trip starting point.

 

 

Silver Sands State Park, Milford

Silver Sands State Park Route Map
Milford Transit District

Bus Connections:

  • Milford Route 3 (fare-free on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/Holidays)
  • Silver Sands Shuttle (fare-free, 7 days/week)
    • Bus stop is at the boardwalk inside the park
  • CTtransit Routes 261 and 271 from New Haven operate daily, meeting the Silver Sands Shuttle route at the CT Post Mall.

For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the bus operator’s website. Connection from the Coastal Link is available at Milford Train Station, and connection to the CTtransit New Haven Division is at the CT Post Mall.

New Haven Line (Metro-North) Rail Connections:

  • Milford Train Station

Note: Milford bus routes are not in Google Transit or Apple maps. For more information on the scheduled times and route maps for the above service please visit the rail operator’s website.


 

Bluff Point State Park, Groton

 

Bluff Point State Park Route Map

Southeast Area Transit District (SEAT)

 

Bus Connections:

  • Route 11: Groton Local Service (fare-free on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/Holidays)
    • Bus stop is at Depot Road & Fitch Avenue. Walk south on Depot Road under the railroad overpass to enter the park. Connections available from other local SEAT buses at Groton Square.
    • 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. When exiting the bus, signal the driver who will stop at the nearest safest point to let you off.

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

CTrail Shore Line East Rail Connections

  • Connecting bus service available from New London Union Station
  
Fort Trumbull State Park, New London

 

Fort Trumbull State Park Route Map

Southeast Area Transit District (SEAT)

 

 

Bus Connections:

  • Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Beach (fare-free on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/Holidays)
    • Bus stop is at Howard and Walbach Street.
    • 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. When exiting the bus, signal the driver who will stop at the nearest safest point to let you off.

This park is also a walkable distance from downtown New London (1.2 miles).

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

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 ferry operator’s website.

 CTrail Shore Line East Rail Connections

  • Bus service (or walkable) from New London Union Station

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

 
Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden

 

Sleeping Giant State Park Route Map

CTtransit New Haven Division

 

Bus Connections:

  • Route 228: Whitney Avenue (fare-free on weekends and holidays)
  • Bus stop is at Whitney Avenue & Mt. Carmel Avenue. Follow the sidewalk along Mount Carmel Avenue east for 0.3 miles, to the main entrance to the Park.
  • Route 229: New Haven – Waterbury (fare-free on weekends and holidays)

Trail Connections:

 CTrail Connections (Hartford Line/Shore Line East/New Haven Line)

  • Visitors can indirectly connect to routes 228 and 229 at the New Haven Green by taking the Union Station/Green Shuttle (available weekdays only) from New Haven Union Station or walking from State Street Station to the Green.