Rides Available for Shopping, Medical Appointments

Need a ride? Transportation in Northwest Connecticut can be difficult if you don’t drive, but there are three options available for public transport to doctor’s appointments, shopping and picking up prescriptions. The Norfolk van runs Monday, Thursday and Friday, with Friday designated for shopping in Torrington; call 860-542-5829 at least a day ahead of time. Geer Village Dial-a-Ride is available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; call 860-824-7067. Finally, Northwestern CT Transit operates Wednesday for rides in Norfolk or to Torrington and Winsted; call 860-489-2535. Its RITS Program is available for local doctor’s appointments and longer distances, such as Hartford Hospital, UConn Medical, Yale-New Haven and the Greater Waterbury area. At least 24 hours advance notice is required for the Norfolk van and Geer, and 48 hours for Northwestern CT Transit.

Geer does not charge for rides; it is funded by grants and donations. Northwestern CT Transit charges $2.00 for a one-way ride ($4.00 round trip); RITS has a suggested donation. Norfolk asks for a $2.00 donation for round trips within the Norfolk/Canaan/Winsted/Torrington area and charges a $5.00 fee outside that area.