East Transportation Co., Inc.
1717 Thomaston Avenue
P.O. Box 4670
Waterbury, CT 06704
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North East Transportation Company, Inc. (NET) provides convenient, safe and reliable Public Bus Transit services in the Greater Waterbury, Meriden and Wallingford areas. The Company operates a fleet of 80 vehicles and employs 115 people.
In the early 1920’s there were a number of independent jitney owner/operators in the city of Waterbury. In 1925, to survive in an era of increasing government regulations and competition, the jitney owners decided to work together and they formed North East Transportation Company, Inc.
In that same general time period, The Connecticut Company was the only major transportation company in Waterbury. Two smaller companies, the Cooke Street Line and the Waterbury & Milldale Tramway Co., (also called the Green Line), were also operating in addition to North East.
The Connecticut Company, having been wholly a street railway was then converting to motor coaches, and by 1937 all of the electric “trolleys” had been replaced by motor buses. The Connecticut Company’s franchise was taken over by the Connecticut Railway and Lighting Company in the mid 1930’s which maintained service until 1973. At that time it surrendered its franchise, leaving NET as the sole provider of public transportation in Waterbury.
NET was instrumental in establishing the Public/Private partnership with The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) which provides mass bus transportation to the Greater Waterbury area. In the early 1970's, public bus transportation in Waterbury was facing a major crossroad. With several factories closing, businesses moving from the downtown area, and the increasing automobile use local private bus transit operators were unable to survive without financial assistance. In 1974, the Company approached the Mayor of the City of Waterbury, and a $40,000 grant was authorized by the City of Waterbury to help keep NET operating. CTDOT realizing how important bus service was to the City of Waterbury matched the grant, and the foundation for this public/private partnership was established.
In 1980 and 1994 respectively, NET began to operate fixed route and ADA paratransit services in the Meriden and Wallingford areas. In July 2000, the Company began to operate ADA and Non-ADA paratransit services in Greater Waterbury as well as off-route /off- hour services under the City’s welfare-to-work program, currently known as Job Access Reverse Commute. The Dial-a-Ride Municipal Grant Program for the elderly/disabled began in 2006; and evening, Sunday, and Gaylord Hospital services for the disabled began in 2009 under the New Freedoms Transportation Program.
All of these services continue to operate daily with subsidy assistance from the CTDOT.