Transportation Options - Connect Middletown

Whether you're a student or an employee, there are many ways for you to get around Middletown or off-campus without your own car.

Wesleyan is serviced by the Middletown Area Transit Route 583 (local) - you can view the bus stops on the Wesleyan campus map.  Route 590 (formerly M-Link) bus, which gets you to Meriden Train Station in less than 20 minutes.  In Meriden, you can connect to New Haven, Hartford, Springfield, Bradley Airport, and beyond via train. 

  • Public Transit - Middletown
    • If you're just looking to get around campus more easily, hop on The Ride, the free campus shuttle that runs nightly from 7 PM to 4 AM.
    • Buses stop at the corner of William/High Streets (Route 590 and Route 583) about once an hour.  Rides are $1.75 each way.  Additional bus stops near campus are now on the Wesleyan map. M-Link revamped its schedule in 2019 and has coordinated M-Link schedules with CTrail departure times in Meriden for easier transit usage.  Links to other MAT bus schedules are below.   


    2019-20 Eco Facilitator Kayla Loubriel '22 has created a map of Middletown Area Transit routes to make it easier for you to get around! Bus routes are color coded; each stop notes what routes stop in the same location.

  • Public Transit - Regional
    • CTrail Hartford Line service offers 17 round trips a day between New Haven and Hartford, with some trips continuing up to Springfield, MA.  Take CTrail to connect to buses and trains continuing on to Boston, New York, and beyond.  The nearest CTrail station is in Meriden, which is accessible via a 15-20 minute ride on Middletown Area Transit's Route 590 service.  
    • Transportation Services offers weekly shuttles from campus to the New Haven Train Station.  Before and after breaks, Transportation Services offers shuttles to Bradley Airport, New Haven Train Station, Boston, New York City, and occasionally to Philadelphia/Washington, D.C.  Tickets for all shuttles can be purchased online through Transportation Services.
    • CT Transit Route 55 offers buses to Hartford and Bradley Airport from downtown Middletown Bus Terminal.
    • 9 Town Transit connects Middletown to Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, with connections to New London and New Haven.  Routes 644 and Route 645 depart from downtown Middletown Bus Terminal.
    • In New Haven, you can connect east and west via CT Rail Shoreline East and Metro North New Haven Line.


    2019-20 Eco Facilitator Kayla Loubriel '22 has created a map of regional transit (bus and rail) to make it easier for you to get off campus without a car! Lines are color-coded for ease of use.

  • Rideshare & Zipcar
    • Join Zipcar for access to Wesleyan's four Zipcars, which can be rented by the hour or the day.  2 Zipcars live in C Lot (across from Allbritton) and 2 in E Lot (Admissions parking lot). 
    • Students can share or ask for rides through the WesRides Facebook group or iPhone app.
  • Biking
    • New to biking in Connecticut?  Read about how to bike safely and learn where to find the nearest bike rack.
    • WesBikes is Wesleyan's semester-by-semester bike rental program. It caters to students for whom owning a bicycle on campus is infeasible for geographical or financial reasons. WesBikes also offers students the opportunity to try out owning a bike on campus.  All proceeds from bike rentals go into maintaining the bike fleet.  Contact Public Safety to rent a bike.
  • Carpools & Vanpools
    • Set up a carpool for one-time or regular commuting travel.  Carpooling is an arrangement between people to travel together in a single vehicle and is a great way to save money, connect with others, and cut your carbon footprint.  Find your carpool buddy through CTrides!  
    • For a monthly fee, Commute with Enterprise provides a van, insurance, maintenance, and fuel for vanpool groups, which usually meet daily at a pre-determined location. Great for employees in New Haven, West Hartford, and other highly populated areas.  For more information, contact Matt Lyhne at Enterprise.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
    • 2 Level 2 stations serving 4 parking spots in Q Lot (behind Freeman Athletic Center)
    • 2 Level 2 stations and 1 Level 1 station serving 2 parking spots in L Lot (corner of Lawn Ave/High St)
    • 2 Level 1 stations serving 2 parking spots in Y Lot (Hamlin Street - coming Fall 2019)
    • 4 Level 2 stations serving 6 parking spots in T Lot (behind Center for Film Studies - coming Summer 2020)
  • Tools and Rewards
    • CTrides, a program of CT DOT, offers free bus trial rides and has a ridematching service to help you get where you need to go.  CT Rides offers a number of other commuter benefits, too. 
    • CTrides offers rewards every time you walk, bike, carpool, or take public transportation, whether you're traveling for work, school, or just for fun.  Download the Android or iPhone CTrides app to make tracking your trips even easier.

    Watch a CTrides info video to learn more!