Norwalk Transit District

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Norwalk Transit District logo-b.png
Area served lower Fairfield County, CT
Founded 1974
Fleet size 51 (fixed route) 46 (paratransit)
Number of routes 25
Ridership 1,940,752 (2015, annual)
Union AFSCME Council 4 Local 1303-186
Website norwalktransit.com
Twitter @NorwalkTransit

Norwalk Transit District, or WHEELS, is the transit system serving the City of Norwalk and the surrounding communities in Connecticut.

History

  • Established in 1974, but started running bus service in 1978.

Routes

Maps & schedules

WHEELS

Buses running on these routes operate on weekdays from 5:40 AM to 8:15 PM and certain routes operate on Saturdays from 6:15 AM to 7:35 PM. There is no Sunday service. All routes begin at the WHEELS Hub. During the evening hours, they are taken over by the Connecticut Ave. and Main Ave. shuttles.

Route Destination(s) Days of Operation
1 Riverside Cemetery - New Canaan Ave
via Ponus Ave, Hunters Lane, Kendall Elem Sch, Norwalk Hospital
Monday-Friday
2 DISCONTINUED
Effective January 28th, 2018
3 Glover Ave - Merritt 7 Metro-North station
via Union Ave, Main Ave
Monday-Saturday
4 Wilton Center - Wilton iPark
via CT-7/Danbury Rd, West Rocks Rd
Monday-Friday
5 DISCONTINUED
Effective January 28th, 2018
6 DISCONTINUED
Effective January 28th, 2018
7 Shady Beach Park - Norwalk Cove Marina
via East Norwalk Metro-North station, Norden Park, Strawberry Hill Ave
Monday-Friday
8 DISCONTINUED
Effective July 29th, 2018
9 South Norwalk waterfront
via South Norwalk Metro-North station, Fairfield Ave, Norwalk Hospital
Monday-Saturday
10 Norwalk WHEELS Garage
via Ely Ave, South Norwalk Metro-North station, West Ave. / South Main St (Inbound)
Monday-Saturday
11 Norwalk Community College
via Flax Hill, East / South Norwalk Metro-North station, East Ave.
Monday-Saturday
12 DISCONTINUED
Effective July 29th, 2018
13 Norwalk Community College - Norwalk Hospital
via Connecticut Ave / West Cedar St
Monday-Saturday

Evening/Sunday Shuttles

These routes take over the WHEELS routes and the buses operate on weeknights, Saturday nights and Sundays. Most runs on both routes begin at the WHEELS Hub.

Route Destinations
Connecticut
Avenue
West trip: Lowe's, ShopRite, Walmart (Connecticut Ave.), Norwalk Community College
South trip: Mathew's Park, South Norwalk Metro-North station, Ely Ave. & Roodner Ct., Wilson Ave.
Main
Avenue
North trip: Stop & Shop, Merritt 7, Walmart
South trip: Mathew's Park, N. Main & Washington Sts., Water St. & Burritt Ave., Dock Rd. & Woodward Ave.

Commuter Shuttles

Greenwich

Buses running on these routes only operate during AM/PM rush hour. All services start and end at the Greenwich Metro-North station.

Route Destinations
Central
Loop
Greenwich Metro-North station - Greenwich Town Hall - Greenwich Hospital
via Mason St, W Putnam Ave, Field Point Dr, Sound View Dr
West
Loop
Greenwich Metro-North station - William James Park (Port Chester, NY)
via US-1/ West Putnam Ave, Holly Hill Lane, Hamilton Ave

Norwalk

Buses running on these routes only operate during the weekday morning and evening rush hours and depart from/arrive to the South Norwalk Metro-North station.

Route Destination(s)
10/20 Westport Road (Wilton)¹ 761 Main Ave., Wilton Corporate Park, 10/20 Westport Rd., 187 Danbury Rd.
Merritt 7 Complex/
Glover Avenue
Merritt 7 Complex, Merritt on the River, Merritt 7 Metro-North station, US Surgical Headquarters, Vectron
Norwalk Community College/
Connecticut Avenue
²
Norwalk Community Health Center, Darinor Shopping Plaza, Walmart, Norwalk Community College
Norwalk Hospital/
Belden Avenue
¹
Norwalk Hospital, Belden Ave. & Byington Pl., Mathew's Park

¹Destinations are listed from left to right for the morning rush. For the evening rush, read the destinations from right to left.
²Morning service only.

Westport

Buses running on these routes operate during AM/PM rush hours and depart from/arrive to the Westport or Green's Farms Metro-North stations. Boarding or disembarking the buses can be requested anywhere along the routes.

Route Destination(s)
G1 Green's Farms Metro-North station to Coleytown Elementary School
via Greens Farms Rd., Center St., Morningside Dr. and North Ave.
G2 Green's Farms Metro-North station
via Green's Farms Rd., Maple Ave., Old Rd., Long Lots Rd., Bayberry Ln., Meeker Rd. and Sturges Hwy.
Imperial
Avenue
Westport Metro-North station to Imperial Lot via Imperial Ave.
S1 597 Westport Ave. to Jesup Green and Westport Metro-North station via Post Rd., Sylvan Rd. S., Riverside Ave.
S2³ Stony Brook Rd. to Westport Metro-North station
via Old Hill Rd., Red Coat Rd., Cavalry Rd., Newtown Tpke., Crawford Rd., Cranbury Rd., Woodside Ave., Kings Hwy. N.
S3 Westport Metro-North station via Riverside Ave., Main St., Cross Hwy., Weston Rd., Clinton Ave., Compo Rd.
S4 Westport Metro-North station via Riverside Ave., Whitney St., Roseville Rd., Hillspoint Rd., Compo Rd. S.

³First morning run departs from Post Rd. & Main St.
⁴First morning run departs from Post & Compo Rds.

Regional

Route Destination(s) Days of Operation
Coastal Link WHEELS Hub - GBT Bus Terminal - CT Post Mall (Milford) Monday-Sunday
7Link - Danbury DISCONTINUED
Effective January 28th, 2018
Operated by HARTransit as of January 29th, 2018.

⁵Jointly operated with Greater Bridgeport Transit and Milford Transit District.

Fares

Current

Facilities

Garage/Office

  • Address: 275 Wilson Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854-4615
  • E-mail: info@norwalktransit.com
  • Fax: (203) 299-5166
  • Phone: (203) 852-0000

WHEELS Hub

  • Location: Burnell Blvd. between Belden Ave. and River St., Norwalk, CT 06850

Roster

Active

This roster is incomplete.

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2006 Ford/StarTrans E-350/? Ford Powerstroke V8 Ford TorqShift 5R110W 5 speed 4 units, fleet numbers unknown.
2006 Ford/StarTrans E-450/? Ford Powerstroke V8 Ford TorqShift 5R110W 5 speed 4 units, fleet numbers unknown.
2008 Ford/StarTrans E-450/? Ford Powerstroke V8 Ford TorqShift 5R110W 5 speed 15 units, fleet numbers unknown.
2014-2015 Chevrolet 4500? GM 6.6L Duramax Diesel V8 Turbo GM 6L90 6 speed
G101-G103 2004 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G29E102R2)
Cummins ISL Allison B300R
G104 2008 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins ISL Allison B300R
167-169 Norwalk Transit District 167-a.jpg 2006 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G29B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
170-173 Norwalk Transit District 171-a.jpg 2008 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
174-175 2010 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
176 2010 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R Used on the Coastal Link.
177-178 Norwalk Transit District 177-a.jpg 2014 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R6 Used on the Coastal Link.
179 Norwalk Transit District 179-a.jpg 2019 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 TBD
  • Replaced 329.
  • Seen at Norwalk Garage in Fall 2019.
  • Entered service on 12/14/2019.
180-186 Norwalk Transit District 183-a.jpg 2019 Gillig BRT 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins L9 Allison B400R
  • Replaced 2004 Orions
  • 184 spotted in delivery in September 2019.
  • Entered service in December 2019.
  • Sport a new livery.
228-229 2008 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins ISL Allison B300R
230 Norwalk Transit District 230-a.jpg 2010 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins ISL Allison B300R
231-242 Norwalk Transit Distrcit 240-a.jpg 2015 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102N2)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B300R Replaced 2002-2003 Thomas Buses.

On order

Fleet number(s) Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes

Retired

This roster is incomplete.

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
2002 Ford/StarTrans E-450/?
  • 4 units, fleet numbers unknown.
  • Retired in 2009.
101-119 1978 GMC RTS-03
(TW-7603)
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730 102 to Crystal Transport 506.
120-122 1981 GMC RTS-04
(T7J-604)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730
123-124 ? Scania / Van Hool BR112 / 160 Demonstrator buses.
123 1987 BIA Orion I Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
124-142 1991 TMC RTS-06
(T70-606)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison VR731 1990 models.
135-136 2001 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 40E Allison B400R Leased from CT Transit.
143-145 1993 Flxible Metro "D"
(35096-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
146 1999 ElDorado National E-Z Rider Detroit Diesel Series 40E Allison B300R
147-165 Norwalk Transit Distrcit 159-a.jpg 2004 OBI Orion VII
(07.502)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
  • 2003 models.
  • All retired on December 11, 2019.
166 1990 MCI Classic
(TC40-102A)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison VR731
224-227,
301-312
2001-2002 Thomas Dennis SLF 230 Cummins ISB Allison B300R
329 2004 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R6

References