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Encyclopedia > Housatonic Area Regional Transit

Housatonic Area Regional Transit, known popularly as HART, is the provider of public transportation for Danbury, Connecticut and surrounding communities. HART was founded in 1972 as an agency funded by a combination of its municipalities, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and (on a limited basis) the New York State Department of Transportation. Prior to HART's establishment, Danbury had gone without transit service since 1970 when the privately-owned Candlewood Bus Company which had replaced the Danbury Power & Transportation Company three years prior, folded. Unlike those predecessors, HART also provides service into the communities surrounding Danbury. A taxi serving as a bus Public transport comprises all transport systems in which the passengers do not travel in their own vehicles. ... Nickname: The Hat City Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut Coordinates: Counties Fairfield County Mayor Mark Boughton (R) Area    - City 44. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) is responsible for the development and operation of highways, railroads, mass transit systems, ports, waterways and aviation facilities in the U.S. state of Connecticut. ... The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is reponsible for the development and operation of highways, railroads, mass transit systems, ports, waterways and aviation facilities in the U.S. state of New York. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...

The municipalities served by HART are as follows:

  • Connecticut: Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Bethel, Redding, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield. Norwalk and Wilton also see limited HART service but are served primarily by the Norwalk Transit District (aka "WHEELS").
  • New York: Brewster, Katonah, Lewisboro. Brewster and Lewisboro also see service from PART, while Katonah is primarily served by the Bee-Line Bus System


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HART currently provides the following services:

  • Fixed Routes: HART operates 7 fixed routes which run on a "pulse point" system in which all buses meet at a terminal in downtown Danbury to easily facilitate transfers. The site is adjacent to both the Danbury Metro-North terminal and Peter Pan bus station.
    • The Route 7 Link, operated with WHEELS, is a weekday-only commuter line which connects Danbury to Norwalk and surrounding communities.
  • SweetHART: A paratransit service for the disabled and senior citizens (those over age 60) which runs at hours that parallel the primary hours of fixed route service. This service is not offered to those in Ridgefield (which runs their own similar service) or those in WHEELS territory or New York.
  • Bus to Rail Service: Peak hour shuttles which connect Danbury to the Brewster station on the Harlem Line and Ridgefield to Katonah, also on the Harlem Line. Service on both also runs on Saturdays during the summer.
  • Nighttime/Sunday Shuttles: Funded in part by the Connecticut Department of Social Services, three shuttles serving Danbury, New Milford, and Newtown/Bethel operated during nighttime hours and on Sundays to offer increased economic opportunities to low-income workers though anyone can use these services.
  • Danbury Trolley: On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons, HART runs a replica trolley service which goes on a tour of Danbury's past. From Memorial Day to Columbus Day, the trolley also serves Candlewood Lake Town Park.

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HART has had a long history with Orion Bus Industries, having purchased both the Orion I (and its US predecessor, the TMC CityCruiser) and the Orion V and will soon put the Orion VII low-floor bus into service. Currently, HART operates Orion V and NovaBus RTS buses on fixed route service as well as El Dorado Aerotech cab-on-chassis buses on loop routes. The Route 7 Link service is served by a dedicated fleet of New Flyer Industries buses obtained in a ConnDOT order. A 2000 Orion VI (06. ... TMC was a bus manufacturer based in Roswell, New Mexico. ... A Nova LFS operated by Grand River Transit. ... Front of a Community Transit RTS The Rapid Transit Series (RTS) bus is a long-running series of transit buses originally manufactured by General Motors (the last generation of that companys long bus heritage) and is currently produced by Millennium Transit Services as the RTS Legend. ... New Flyer Industries is a leading bus manufacturer in North America, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ...

See also

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