Did you pay $40 for an Uber (ew, Uber) from New Haven to get back to Wes from break? If you did and found yourself wishing for a cheaper alternative, read past the jump for a full guide on how to get from Wes to New Haven for just $9.75. Here’s the tl;dr:
- Go to Meriden using M-Link Bus from Wesleyan Campus (William and High) 30 minutes and $1.75.
- Take Amtrak from Meriden Station to New Haven 30 minutes and $8. NOTE: Buy tickets beforehand, construction disrupting train schedule until May 2017.
- Starting January 2018 new commuter line will connect Meriden and New Haven with high speed trains making this an even better travel hack for Wesleyan students :)
One of the biggest accomplishments of the WSA last year, at least from my perspective, was getting the M-Link to stop on campus. The “M-Link Middletown/Meriden Connection” is a bus service provided by Middletown Area Transit (MAT). For a town that’s loosely in the middle of New York and Boston, loosely in the middle of New Haven and Hartford, and even has middle in it’s name, you ironically can’t seem to get anywhere without a car.
With the introduction of M-Link, you can now easily access shopping areas like Washington Plaza, the Westfield Mall, and the ever controversial Walmart for $1.25 (in change). Thats a dollar less than in New York, 75 cents less than in San Francisco, and 25 cents less than on-board in Boston–more money to waste. If you really want to get away from Wes, you can get to the Meriden Station and catch Amtrak six days a week.
Because the MAT web site does not appear to have an updated schedule, below is the new timetable. Note that all times are approximate, and you should arrive five minutes early to be safe. [Please click ‘Read More’ if you’re viewing this from the Wesleying homepage.]
[Schedule provided by WSA’s Zach Malter ’13]