by MATTHEW STURDEVANT
HARTFORD — Aetna and The Hartford are providing a shuttle service on Thursdays that will pick up people in the Asylum Hill neighborhood and take them to Billings Forge Farmers’ Market in the nearby Frog Hollow neighborhood.
The shuttle is for anyone who lives or works in the neighborhood, not just people who work at Aetna or The Hartford Financial Services Group.
Four shuttles will run continuously from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays, the day Billings Forge holds its farmers’ market, starting June 5 and ending Oct. 23. There will be no shuttle on July 3rd.
Three of the shuttles have a 24-passenger capacity and will stop at The Hartford, Aetna and My Sisters’ Place, a safe haven for the homeless and victims of abuse. A fourth shuttle is wheelchair accessible, can hold 34 passengers, and begins its circuit at Immanuel House, a senior housing facility.
The Hartford and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut have partnered with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation to engage people who live and work in Asylum Hill. The goal is to bring about a safer, more connected community.