In the last few decades in the New Haven area, the reliance on buses has grown.

This means more routes and longer hours on weekends and at night.

Challenges still exist.

On the New Haven Green on Monday, folks from all walks of life, including students who want a safe way to get to school or work, the bus drivers themselves who face their own challenges, or those with disabilities who have a difficult time just getting to the bus stop expressed even more frustration.

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“We have faced many challenges. Bus riders who use wheelchairs may face a broken ramp, a bus where the wheelchair’s spaces are already full, having to wait possibly hours,” explained Michelle Duprey, Director of New Haven’s Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities.

Duprey went on to say that the state’s brand new trains are not fitted to be wheelchair accessible and to use “My Ride,” you need to book your trips days in advance.

The mission of the event was to raise awareness and work towards improving Connecticut’s bus transit system.