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What does Customer Experience (CX) mean?

The Customer Experience is the sum total of a customer’s experiences at each step along their journey using public transportation. It includes exploring transit travel options, waiting for the transit vehicle, arriving at the final destination and everything in between.

The Customer Experience for a transit customer could include these steps:

  • Locating schedules online and trip planning
  • Purchasing fares
  • Scheduling a paratransit/dial-a-ride trip
  • Waiting at a bus stop or train station
  • Riding on the bus or train
  • Transferring to another service
  • Arriving at a final destination


How was the CX Action Plan developed?

Connecticut DOT engaged with public transportation service providers, stakeholders, community partners, and transit customers, to collect feedback and input on the state’s many public transportation services.

This feedback and input is the center of the CX Action Plan and is used to develop priority areas and actions to improve public transportation

Engagement activities include:

  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Surveys
  • Virtual town halls
  • Community meetings
  • Collecting comments in-person and through email, online, mail, and phone
  • Pop-up events--we’ll visit your community, stop, station, or ride with you to get your feedback and input

Customer Journey Maps were informed by engagement with the public, focus groups, and research into who uses the system and how.


Goals of the Action Plan


About public transportation in Connecticut

Connecticut DOT is responsible for the funding and planning of most of the state's public transportation system and service is provided in partnership with bus, rail and paratransit/dial-a-ride service providers. The public transportation system in Connecticut includes:

  • 3 main rail lines including the New Haven Line (Metro-North (with service to the Waterbury, Danbury, and New Canaan lines), the CTrail Hartford Line, and the CTrail Shore Line East
  • 8 CTtransit Branded, Local Service Areas including CTtransit Express Services and CTfastrak
  • 12 transit districts providing local service paratransit/dial-a-ride, and microtransit pilot programs in local service areas. Paratransit is offered in all fixed route service areas

The graphic below provides an overview of bus, rail and paratransit/dial-a-ride services in the state.

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For more information on public transportation service and service providers in Connecticut, please click the menus below.



General public transportation marketing and promotion

Customer service for CTrail Shore Line East and Hartford Line


Rail Services


State-Owned Bus Services

Transit Districts

Other Public Bus and Paratransit Services/Dial-a-ride

*Note: These providers only provide paratransit service.