Housatonic Area Regional Transit

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Area served Southwest CT
Westchester County, NY
Founded 1972[1]
Fleet size 28 (fixed-route)
35 (paratransit)
Number of routes 15
Ridership 881,062 (2015, annual)
Union ATU Local 1622
Website hartransit.com
Facebook @HARTransit
Twitter @HARTransit

Housatonic Area Regional Transit, or HARTransit, is the public transit system in Danbury, Connecticut. HARTransit also serves the municipalities of Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Bethel, Redding, Roxbury, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield in Connecticut as well as Brewster, Katonah, Lewisboro and Southeast in New York.

History

  • Established in 1972 as the Danbury-Bethel Transit District.[1]
  • On July 2, 1973, bus service began under contract operations of Candlewood Valley Bus Company.[1]
  • In 1979, after several municipal members – including New Milford – joined the transit agency, it was renamed to Housatonic Area Regional Transit.[1]
  • In 1991, HART took full control of the bus operations from Candlewood Valley Bus Company.[1]

Routes

Maps & Schedules

Fixed

The following routes run on weekdays from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and are taken over by the LOOP routes after those times. There is no service on Sundays, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Route Destinations
1 Danbury Hospital, North Street Shopping Center, Sand Pit Medical Center, Danbury High School
2 Berkshire Shopping Center, Target, Commerce Park, Big Y (Bethel)
3 Mill Ridge, Mill Plain Rd., Old Ridgebury Rd., Brewster (New York)
4 Germantown Rd., Stew Leonard's, ShopRite, Regional YMCA
5 Main St., Roger’s Park, PT Barnum Square, Bethel High School
6 Danbury Fair Mall, Danbury Square, Wooster Manor, Jensen Park
7 WCSU Midtown Campus, New Milford High School, Walmart (New Milford), New Milford Medical Group
10 Brewster Metro-North RR Station, Abbey Woods, Hotel Zero Degrees, Belimo

Route 7 Link

  • This route runs on weekdays from 6:35 AM to 10:30 AM and 3:30 PM to 6:25 PM as a commuter line connecting Danbury to Norwalk and the surrounding communities.

LOOPs

The following routes take over the fixed routes and run on weeknights, Saturday nights and Sundays. There is no service on Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, but provides Sunday scheduled service on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Black Friday and New Year's Day.

Route Destinations
Hospital-Danbury Mall WCSU, Danbury Hospital, North Street Shopping Center, Danbury Fair Mall, Mill Ridge
Bethel-Newtown Road Main St., PT Barnum Square, Berkshire Shopping Center, Target (Bethel)
New Milford Stew Leonard's, ShopRite, Walmart (New Milford), New Milford Medical Group

Bus to Rail shuttles

The following routes run on the weekdays only. There is no service on Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Route Destinations
Danbury-Brewster White Turkey Park & Ride, Federal Rd. Park & Ride OR Pulse Point, Exit 2 of I-84 Park & Ride, Exit 1 of I-84 Park & Ride, Brewster Metro-North station (New York)
Ridgefield-Katonah Jesse Lee Church, Prospect Ridge Park & Ride, South Salem Municipal Lot Park & Ride (New York), Katonah Metro-North station (New York)
New Fairfield-Southeast Company A Firehouse, Ball Pond Firehouse, Temple Beth Elohim (New York), Southeast Metro-North station (New York)

Trolley

  • Operates on Saturdays from 9:40 AM to 2:10 PM, from early summer to mid-fall. Serves Main St., Roger's Park and the Danbury Farmers' Market.

Fares

Current
Note: Trolley service is fare-free.

Facilities

Garage/Office

Pulse Point

  • Location: Kennedy Ave. near Main St., Danbury, CT 06810

Bus Fleet

Accurate as of 8/2020.

Current Roster

Fleet
Number
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
11-12, 15-18 2013 Ford
Startrans
E-450
Senator
11-12 used on both DAR/fixed route services
19-22 2014 Ford
Startrans
E-450
Senator
25 2014 Ford
Goshen Coach
E-350
?
Used on both DAR/fixed route services
29, 32 2016 Ford
Goshen Coach
E-350
?
Used on both DAR/fixed route services
31 2016 Ford
Goshen Coach
E-450
?
39 2017 Ford
Startrans
E-450
Senator
Used on both DAR/fixed route services
40-41 2017 Ford
Startrans
E-450
Senator
65 2007 Ford
Startrans
E-450
Senator
200-211 Housatonic Area Regional Transit 210-a.jpg 2014 Gillig BRT 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R
  • 200-209 have transit-style seating.
  • 210-211 have suburban-style seating.
300-304 2017 Gillig BRT 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R
  • To replace 112-115.
  • Replacing 401.
  • 300 VIN: 15GGB2716H1187746
400-409 Housatonic Area Regional Transit 400-a.jpg 2019 Gillig BRT 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R To replace 500-series buses.
1895 2014 Gillig Trolley Replica 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B300R Used for the Danbury Farmers Market Shuttle in the Fall (Saturdays Only).

Retired Roster

This roster is incomplete.

Fleet
Number
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
Mercedes-Benz O309D 3 minibuses, fleet numbers unknown.
H1-H10 1982 TMC T-30 CityCruiser Detroit Diesel 6V53T Allison
30 2003 Ford
ElDorado National
E-450
Aerotech
8 cutaway buses.
101-110 1989 BIA Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-748
112-115 2002 OBI Orion V
(05.505)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
133-134 2001 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 40E Allison B400R
  • Leased from CT Transit.
  • Formerly used on the Route 7 Link.
201-210 1995 Nova Bus RTS-06
(T70-206)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison VR-731 All units to CT Transit.
301-310 Housatonic Area Regional Transit 303-a.jpg 2001 OBI Orion V
(05.503)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
  • All retired by 2015-2016.
    • 303, 307, 310 and one other unit were sold to Transurbano ?, ?, ? and 1086.
    • 304 was sold to a private owner.
    • One unit seen at D&L Towing Services of Meriden, CT in 2016.
    • One unit seen at Albert's Auto Parts Towing in Thomaston, CT.
    • 308 to be donated to Putnam Lake Fire Department in June 2019.
401 2004 OBI Orion VII
(07.502)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
  • 2003 model.
  • Retired in February 2019.
501-510 2007 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
  • Last buses retired in 11/2020
  • 506 suffered a fire
1001 1996 Cable Car Concepts Mini Formerly used on the City Center Danbury Trolley line.
2001 2003 Dupont Frontenac 1672 Allison Formerly used on the City Center Danbury Trolley line.
3126 1974 GMC T6H-5308A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison 2 buses leased from Connecticut Transit.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The History of Public Bus Service in Greater Danbury, CT (pdf pgs. 8-10, 13) westcog.org. Dated June 2008, retrieved on August 13, 2017.


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