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January 11, 2022

New program offering group rates on public transit

Photo | Contributed A CTrail Hartford Line train.

A new state-run program will offer organizations group rates for public transportation like rail and bus service, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday.

The program, CTpass, will be administered by the state Department of Transportation. According to the governor’s office, it will offer group rates to eligible organizations to access public transportation services like rail and bus systems throughout the state.

Organizations can now apply to participate online. Once an application is submitted, the DOT will review it and contact the organization for the next steps in the process.

According to the governor’s office, CTpass is similar to the state’s current U-Pass CT program, which allows students enrolled in public colleges and universities to have unlimited use of the state’s bus and rail systems. That program was launched in 2017 as a collaboration between the Connecticut Department of Transportation, the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system.

Organizations interested in joining CTpass can now submit applications to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The department will negotiate with applicant organizations for group fares based on the rail and bus services that each organization would like to access.

The program was first proposed by Lamont last year and approved by the General Assembly in 2022-2023 biennial state budget-related legislation.

Who can participate?

According to the governor’s office, organizations that can participate in CTpass include but are not limited to:

  • Organizations that provide a training program listed on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Eligible Training Provider List
  • Apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship program sponsors
  • Providers of an alternate route to a certification program that the Connecticut State Board of Education has approved
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Private occupational schools
  • Private employers
  • State or municipal agencies
  • Public or nonprofit social service providers in Connecticut

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