Norwalk Transit District

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Area served Norwalk, Bridgeport, Danbury, Fairfield, Greenwich, Milford, Ridgefield, Stratford, Westport and Wilton in CT
Founded 1974
Fleet size 51 (fixed route) 46 (paratransit)
Number of routes 27
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 Destinations Days of Operation
1 Jefferson Elementary School, Kendall Elementary School, Ponus Ridge M.S., Ponus & Spring Hill Aves. Monday-Friday
3 Main St. & Union Ave., Richard C. Briggs H.S., Glover Ave., Walmart (Main Ave., Sat only) Monday-Saturday
4 Park St. & North Ave., West Rocks M.S., Walmart (Main Ave.), Wilton Center, 761 Main Ave. Monday-Friday
7 Stew Leonard's (Westport Ave.), Norwalk H.S., Avalon East Norwalk Monday-Friday
8 Norwalk City Hall, East Ave. & I-95, East Norwalk Metro-North station, Calf Pasture Beach Monday-Friday
9 Mathew's Park, N. Main & Washington Sts., Water St. & Burritt Ave., Dock Rd. & Woodward Ave. Monday-Saturday
10 Mathew's Park, South Norwalk Metro-North station, Ely Ave. & Roodner Ct., WHEELS Garage/Offices, N./S. Main & Washington Sts. Monday-Saturday
11 East Ave. & I-95, South Norwalk Metro-North station, Scribner & Connecticut Aves., Norwalk Community College, Gregory Blvd. & 5 St. (Sat only) Monday-Saturday
12 Norwalk Hospital, South Norwalk Metro-North station, Brian McMahon H.S., McKinley St. & Highland Ave., Rowayton & Wilson Aves. Monday-Friday
AM/PM rush hour
13 Lowe's, ShopRite, Walmart (Connecticut Ave.), Norwalk Community College Monday-Saturday

Evening/Sunday Shuttles

These routes take over the WHEELS routes and the buses operate on weeknights, Saturday nights and Sundays. Most of the 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 the weekday morning and evening rush hours and depart from/arrive to the Greenwich Metro-North station.

Route Destinations
Central Loop via Field Point Rd., W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich Hospital, Mason St.
West Loop via W. Putnam Ave., Holly Hill Ln.

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 Destinations
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 Avenue²
Norwalk Community Health Center, Darinor Shopping Plaza, Walmart, Norwalk Community College
Norwalk Hospital/Belden Avenue¹ 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 only operate during the weekday morning and evening 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 Destinations
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.
S4⁴ 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 Destinations Days of Operation
Coastal Link⁵ WHEELS Hub, Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford Monday-Sunday
Route 7 Link⁶ WHEELS Hub, Wilton, Ridgefield, Danbury Monday-Friday
AM/PM rush hour

⁵Jointly operated with Greater Bridgeport Transit and Milford Transit District.
⁶Jointly operated with Housatonic Area Regional Transit.

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
147-165 Norwalk Transit Distrcit 159-a.jpg 2004 OBI Orion VII
(07.502)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
  • 2003 models.
  • 147-152;165 retired.
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.
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
TBD (1 bus) 2019 Gillig 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9 TBD

To replace 329

179-197 2019 Gillig BRT 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins L9 TBD
  • To replace 2004 Orions
  • 184 spotted in delivery in September 2019.
TBD (3 buses) 2019 Gillig 29' Cummins L9 TBD

To replace 2002 Gillig LF

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
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


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