HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 115,000 passengers have used the state's now year-old bus service connecting UConn's main campus to its new downtown Hartford campus and the UConn Health center in Farmington.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the numbers are gratifying and have allowed students greater access to Bradley International Airport and other destinations by also linking the campus to the new Hartford Line commuter rail system and CTfastrak buses.

More than half the passengers on the route used the state's new U-Pass CT program. That allows students from UConn and the state university system to ride state buses and trains for free by showing a special pass, which is paid for through a $20 per semester student fee.

UConn President Susan Herbst says the ridership numbers far exceeded expectations.