Poll: Do You Support The Borough Bus Ordinance?

The Stonington Borough Board of Warden & Burgesses passed a bus ordinance this week banning busses over 25 feet in length from parts of the borough. Do you agree with the ordinance? Take our poll and voice your opinion in the comments.


Busses are vehicles non-gratis in Stonington Borough. The Stonington Borough Board of Warden and Burgesses passed a bus ordinance at their  June 18, 2012 meeting that bans busses from parts of the borough. Basically, the ordinance bans busses more than 25 feet in length from roads south of Broad Street and school busses more than 25 feet in length are no longer allowed passed .

Here is the full text of the bus ordinance:

8. a) No person shall operate any bus over 25 feet in length on any roads south of Broad Street. Buses longer than 25 feet must drop off/pick up passengers at the southeast corner of High Street and Main Street, at Wadawanuck Square, then exit the Borough by turning left onto Main Street, left onto Water Street, and left back over the viaduct.

b) “Specialty Buses” such as trolley buses or mini-buses that are less than or equal to 25 feet in length may drop off/pick up passengers at the designated bus stop on the east side of Wadawanuck Square, at the public dock parking lot, at the parking lot at Stonington Point, or at other locations with permission from the Warden and Burgesses.

c) Specialty vehicles less than or equal to 25 feet in length, transporting residents with special needs, may pick up/drop off where necessary.

d) School buses longer than 25 feet may not travel south of High Street; they will utilize the bus stop on the east side of Wadawanuck Square. A “school bus” is defined in Section 14-275 (a) of the Connecticut General Statutes.

e) The Board of Warden and Burgesses, the Warden, the Borough Police Commissioner, or the Town Police can temporarily suspend this ordinance.

The ordinance was just passed, but already there are questions about how it will impact visitors to the borough as well as businesses that rely on field trips and tour groups coming into the borough.

Do you support the newly passed bus ordinance? Take our poll and voice your opinion in the comments.

Elizabeth Wood June 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM
How will children and school groups be able to visit the Old Lighthouse Museum?
Millie Donovan June 22, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Although I understand the traffic issues (especially the very tight roads down towards the point), I echo Liz's concern...how will school groups visit the LIghthouse Museum? This is an important resource in our area and one of the most beautiful at that. I hope that someone comes up with a creative solution rather than just a flat out "NO".
Psmith June 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Our merchants depend on tourism - without it they close. Why eliminate a segment of the population that chooses this method of transportation (and it maybe their ONLY method of transport) to visit our borough?
Wendy Bury June 22, 2012 at 04:39 PM
at E.K.- what about elderly visiting the Lighthouse, should they have to walk from Wad Square? Kids can certainly walk, but for school programs, time management is the issue. For field trips and programs, they only have a limited time available. Have you ever tried walking a large group of young children someplace...it's like herding cats. Most school programs have a time constraint and spending 20-30 minutes of educational time walking (while good for their health) is not what they are paying for. Having school buses be able to bring kids, elderly, and visitors to the Lighthouse and NESS would be primarily in the off-season, during school hours....Water Street is hardly busy in the off-season!!! These are non-profit organizations who exist for the good of the community, offer educational opportunities, and not allowing school buses has both a visitor impact and an economic impact. Nobody minds if large tour buses that don't even stop and let people off in the boro are banned, but school buses for educational purposes would be a shame to lose. Finding balance between residents and businesses (including non-profits) is essential. The current ordinance does seem like a compromise.
Wendy Bury June 22, 2012 at 05:54 PM
correction of last sentence...."does NOT seem like a compromise." :)
David S Purvis June 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I agree with Wendy. There is a need to balance the educational benefits at NESS and at the Lighthouse for both children and seniors with the possible inconvenience of unloading school buses causing slight delays to traffic. There are other potential needs for exceptions, such as Special Olympics. I encourage the Warden and Burgesses to provide for granting exceptions to the Ordinance for Educational purposes and for other special events.
Patsy Crothers June 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Walking is good for the children,it's not that far...
Matthew Buck June 26, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Is there any rational explanation for this? busses don't hold up traffic, that deivery vans stopped in the middle of Water Street do, but there are almost no streets in the borough unnavigable by a skilled bus driver, and I can't see a need for large busses venturing far off Main and Water, or the crossings at the cannons and library. Is the Stoneridge bus (or similar) now non-gratis at the light house, or traveling to Calvary Church for a funeral. I am not certain of its dimensions but the larger of their busses is right around this 25 foot mark. Was there a purpose to this ordinance?
Dorry Clay June 26, 2012 at 07:29 PM
what about groups of people that cannot walk and or need assistance?


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