Regular fixed route bus service in the Naugatuck Valley planning region is provided by two divisions of CT Transit (New Haven and Waterbury) and the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority (GBT). The bus service in the Waterbury area is operated by North East Transportation Company (NETCO) under contract to the CTDOT. The service is oriented to the city, with 22 designated routes radiating from downtown Waterbury to Middlebury, Naugatuck, Watertown, and Wolcott.
The New Haven division of CT Transit operates one route that services the lower Naugatuck Valley communities from West Chapel Street in New Haven to downtown Seymour (Route F) and one route from downtown New Haven to Waterbury via Route 70 and Route 10 (Route J). Limited fixed route bus service is also operated by the GBT from downtown Bridgeport to the Derby-Shelton train station and provides access to employment centers along Bridgeport Avenue and Constitution Boulevard in Shelton.
The Valley Transit District (VTD) operates dial-a-ride service, as well. This is a complementary ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) service for Individuals with disabilities who live within 3/4 of a mile of Route F fixed route bus service operated by CT Transit – New Haven. NETCO, under the supervision of the Greater Waterbury Transit District, operates the ADA paratransit services within the Waterbury metropolitan area related to the fixed-bus route system. Limited paratransit service is also available to persons within the GWTD area who live beyond the three-quarter mile limit of a fixed bus route.
The NVCOG works directly with the Valley Transit District (VTD) and is responsible for all VTD bus-related activities within the lower Naugatuck Valley municipalities Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Shelton. The VTD operates a fleet of 14 minibuses on a reserved ride basis. Fares for ADA riders can be no more than twice what is charged on regular fixed route bus service. Additional services are implemented as opportunities arise from federal and state funding programs and sources. Eligible persons may also use the services provided by VTD that extend beyond the regular service municipalities.
In addition, the NVCOG works with CTDOT, Metro North Railroad and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in planning activities associated with the Waterbury branch line of the New Haven main rail line. The branch line currently runs from Waterbury to Bridgeport with stops throughout the Naugatuck River Valley: at Derby-Shelton, Ansonia, Seymour, Beacon Falls, Naugatuck and Waterbury.