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Posted on: December 1, 2023

New Bus Routes and Changes to Include Service to More Areas of the City

The City of Bristol is excited to announce that bus service will finally serve key employment centers – along with Bristol Adult Education – along Route 229 linking Bristol with Southington and New Britain. Bus riders have been limited to drop offs at the State of Connecticut commuter parking lot near the intersection of Pine Street and Middle Street, located some distance to employers further south on busy Route 229. Now, CTtransit Bus Route 502 will be extended to run along Emmett Street, Enterprise Drive, and Middle Street to South Bristol. Stops along the route will serve those taking classes at Bristol Adult Education as well as employees working in the Southeast Bristol Business Park, 229 Technology Park, Lake Compounce, DoubleTree by Hilton and the new Bristol Event Center, ESPN, Amazon Distribution, and many more.   

“We want to thank the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, CTtransit, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation for opening up this critical route for bus passengers,” said Mayor Caggiano. “For many years bus riders simply did not have reasonable access to some of the City’s largest employers. This extended bus route will unlock employment opportunities near Route 229 for residents while assisting employers who, now more than ever, are in need of employees.”

"This new additional route will make it easier for our adult learners to gain access to our Adult Education Center for classes and programs offered there. Transportation is often an obstacle for some of our students and we are thrilled that the City of Bristol made this a priority," stated Dr. Carbone, Superintendent of Bristol Public Schools.

“What a partnership we have with Mayor Caggiano and his team to finally get bus routes to accommodate the 120 plus associates of the DoubleTree and now the additional employees of the Bristol Events Center and Home 2 Suites by Hilton, Bristol. This is an exciting day, with wonderful news that will enhance the already thriving culture at the DoubleTree thanks to Dr. & Reesa Niznick & Jim Frenis, President of Prestige Hospitality Group’s Management Company,” stated Lynn Dell, General Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton and Home 2 Suites by Hilton. 

In addition to the extended CTtransit Bus Route 502, CTtransit and CTfastrak announced the following changes to local bus service routes. These changes were effective as of November 5, 2023:

102 – Hartford/New Britain/Bristol
Weekdays, Saturdays & Sundays
Route 102 will be rerouted to operate via Pine Street in Bristol, past Forestville Commons (Stop & Shop) in both directions, replacing the service previously provided by Route 502.


The schedule for Route 102 is also being adjusted in preparation for the launch of the new 532 Queen Street route (coming soon). Please refer to the CTtransit website for updates:


502 – New Britain/Bristol
Weekdays, Saturdays & Sundays
Route 502 will be rerouted to operate via East Main and Broad Streets in Bristol, through Forestville Center in both directions. Service to Pine Street and Forestville Commons will now be provided by CTfastrak Route 102.

In addition, Route 502 will be extended along Emmett Street, Enterprise Drive and Middle Street to South Bristol, serving destinations such as Bristol Adult Education, ESPN, Lake Compounce, Amazon, DoubleTree by Hilton and more.

Route 502 will also adopt a new schedule. Buses will now operate hourly all day, including nights and weekends. Buses will depart downtown New Britain at :30 past each hour and will depart downtown Bristol at :40 past each hour. Please refer to an updated timetable at for more information.

542 – Bristol Hospital
Weekdays, Saturdays & Sundays
The schedule for Route 542 is being revised.  Buses will now depart downtown Bristol at :20 past each hour. Return trips will depart Bristol Hospital at :28 past each hour.

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