Asnuntuck Community College will once again be offering free rides on Enfield Transit’s Magic Carpet bus this fall to its students. A partner with the Town of Enfield since its inception the college financially contributes to the bus and in turn students are allowed to ride the bus for free all around town when they show their student ID. The routes for the bus have been expanding and the service offers a stop at Asnuntuck. Magic Carpet has provided 4,791 rides during the past 11 months to Asnuntuck Community College students, according to Enfield Social Services Director Pam Brown. “I think we are safe to say that we will be providing more than 5,000 rides this year.”
Brown continued, “Enfield Transit is delighted to see such robust use of the Magic Carpet by Asnuntuck Community College students, who now make up 14% of our total ridership.” She adds, “We know that having this service available helps make college a reality for many Enfield residents. We look forward to continuing this wonderful partnership.” Asnuntuck President James P. Lombella agrees. “The three largest barriers that students continually tell me that challenges them are transportation, childcare and affordability. At Asnuntuck we are proud to offer our students free transportation to our front door via Magic Carpet, free childcare in our Children’s Reading Room, and free tutoring in our Academic Skills Center.” President Lombella says, “These support services have a direct impact on many of our students being able to achieve their educational goals.”
Mayor Scott Kaupin applauds the collaborative effort between the Town and ACC. “The partnership between Asnuntuck Community College, its students, and the Enfield Magic Carpet commuter bus circulator service is critical to the overall success of this public transportation initiative.” The Mayor continues, “As Enfield gauges the need for public transportation here in town, Asnuntuck provides critical funding and ridership that demonstrates the viability of the service.” He adds, “Public transportation often provides the critical link that allows our residents the ability to meet their daily needs at locations across town.” Using the transit system is empowering residents to make changes in their lives. The Mayor says, “A consistent and reliable access to higher education is one such need. Our partnership with Asnuntuck is allowing Enfield to build a public transportation network that we all can be proud of.”
Assistant Town Manager, Development Services for The Town of Enfield Courtney Hendricson, shares the sentiments of the other officials. “The Town of Enfield is thrilled with the success of the Magic Carpet bus service and one of its best features is the free access it gives to Asnuntuck Community College students.” She adds, “The fact that they can ride for free around town breaks down one of the critical barriers to higher education. ”The Assistant Town Manager continues, “The partnerships between the Town and Asnuntuck are strong and growing-the Magic Carpet service is one of the best partnerships we have.”
Registration is underway for the fall semester at ACC which begins on August 31st. Visit www.asnuntuck.edu to learn more about classes and the college’s free Children’s Reading Room. Visit enfield-ct.gov to learn more about the Magic Carpet and its routes.