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Naugatuck Valley CC Extends Free Bus Service For Students In Danbury

Housatonic Area Regional Transit is extending its U-Pass program to Naugatuck Valley Community College's Danbury campus.
Housatonic Area Regional Transit is extending its U-Pass program to Naugatuck Valley Community College's Danbury campus. Photo Credit: Provided

DANBURY, Conn. – Naugatuck Valley Community College and Housatonic Area Regional Transit are extending the U-Pass program to the college's Danbury campus.

Beginning Oct. 1, students enrolled in credit courses at NVCC will be eligible for free unlimited rides across the HARTransit system. The new benefit comes as the college prepares to move into a larger space in downtown Danbury at 190 Main St.

The U-Pass program is paid for by students through a $10 per-semester transportation fee, which students imposed on themselves by an overwhelming margin at a referendum in 2011, according to a press release.

During the 2014-15 academic year, NVCC’s Student Government Association voted to extend that benefit to the Danbury campus.

“Community colleges are about access — life-transforming access for many. If we believe in equality of opportunity, bus service is one of the many small ways we put that belief into practice,” said NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, in a press release. “Mass transit and public transportation are a part of the fabric of life in democratic societies. I am very happy that our students are supporting the effort to extend the U-Pass program to our Danbury campus.”

U-Passes will be available in the administrative offices of the Danbury campus.

NVCC’s Danbury campus, currently at 183 Main St., is relocating to a 20,000-square-foot facility at 190 Main St. Classes at the new location are scheduled to begin in January.

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