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CTfastrak logo.png
Headquarters 2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT
Locale Central Connecticut
Service area Connecticut
Service type Bus rapid transit
Stations 10
Operator Connecticut Transit
Website ctfastrak.com

CTfastrak, also known as the New Britain-Hartford Busway, is Connecticut's first bus rapid transit line, currently under construction between Union Station in Hartford and downtown New Britain, in central Connecticut. Operated by Connecticut Transit, the project officially broke ground on May 22, 2012, and is expected to open to the public on March 28, 2015.[1][2][3]

The CTfastrak dedicated busway transit project was judged to be the most cost-effective way of relieving congestion on Interstate 84 between Hartford, West Hartford, Newington and New Britain.[4] The 9.4-mile line is projected to cost $570 million, of which more than two-thirds ($400 million) is funded by federal grants.[5]

Service plan[edit]

The busway will follow the route of an abandoned railroad (the "Newington Secondary") from downtown New Britain to near the former Newington Junction station. It will then run parallel to the current Amtrak rail line. Other public bus routes may enter the dedicated bus roadway at various points to speed their trip to downtown Hartford. Sixteen new or rehabilitated bridges will support the CTfastrak route, and the project will include a new access road for Amtrak maintenance vehicles, as well as a five-mile fenced multi-use trail for walking and bicycling between New Britain and Newington.[6][7]

Along much of its length, CTfastrak will be constructed as a grade-separated limited-access highway.

CTfastrak passenger service running through the Sigourney Street Station and Union Station stop will include a downtown Hartford "loop".

Five new "circulator" routes provide crosstown service to communities outside the CTfastrak right-of-way, but do not serve downtown Hartford. The Newington Circulator, in particular, replaces parts of Connecticut Transit's 41–Hartford/New Britain and 69–Capitol Avenue bus routes serving Newington.

In addition, the 923–Plainville-Bristol Express and 924–Southington-Cheshire Express bus services (which currently use existing roads) will operate between Waterbury and the new CTfastrak right-of-way, providing communities such as Southington, Cheshire, and Bristol with improved public transportation and faster commutes.

Route Route Name Outbound terminus Inbound terminus Connections
101 Hartford/New Britain Shuttle New Britain Station Downtown Hartford @ Travelers ALL CTtransit Hartford local and express routes
ALL CTfastrak local and express routes
CTrail Hartford Line (coming in late 2016)
102 Hartford/Bristol via New Britain Station Downtown Bristol: Main St & Riverside Ave Downtown Hartford @ Travelers CTtransit New Britain: 502
CTtransit Bristol: BL
CTtransit Hartford Express: 923
121 MCC/Hartford/UCONN Health UCONN Health Ctr, Farmington Manchester Comm. College, Manchester CTtransit Hartford: 66, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 88, 91, 94, 95, 96
CTtransit New Britain: 506
128 New Britain/Westfarms/Hartford via Stanley St New Britain Station Downtown Hartford @ Travelers CTtransit Hartford: 33, 39, 64, 69
CTtransit New Britain: 501, 502, 503, 505, 506, 507, 509, 511, 512
CTfastrak: 101, 102, 153
140 CCSU Connector Cedar St Station (New Britain) East St Station (New Britain) CTfastrak: 101, 102, 128, 141, 144
141 Newington/New Britain via Robbins Ave Cedar St Station (New Britain) New Britain Station CTtransit Hartford: 41, 69
CTtransit New Britain: 501, 502, 503, 505, 506, 507, 509, 510, 512
CTfastrak: 101, 102, 128, 141, 144
144 Westfarms/Jordan Lane via Cedar St Westfarms Mall, Farmington Jordan Lane & Silas Deane Hwy, Wethersfield CTtransit Hartford: 33, 39, 41, 43, 47, 53, 55, 61, 69
CTtransit New Britain: 507
CTfastrak: 101, 102, 128, 140, 141
153 Flatbush/Copaco via West Hartford Center Copaco Shopping Center, Bloomfield Flatbush Station (Hartford) CTtransit Hartford: 31, 33, 37, 50, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 69, 72, 74, 92
CTfastrak: 101, 102, 128

Planned stations and stops (east to west)[edit]

West Hartford
New Britain


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