CTfastrak

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CTfastrak
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, 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 opened 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 follows the route of an abandoned railroad (the "Newington Secondary") from downtown New Britain to near the former Newington Junction station. It runs 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 support the CTfastrak route, and the project included the construction of a new access road for Amtrak maintenance vehicles, as well as a five-mile fenced multi-use trail for walking and bicycling between Downtown New Britain and Newington Junction.[6][7]

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

CTfastrak passenger service running through the Sigourney Street Station and Union Station stop includes 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 69–Capitol Avenue and 507–Oak Street bus routes, to name a few.

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

The existing Route 41, which connected Hartford and New Britain prior to CTfastrak's opening, will continue to run between Downtown Hartford and Downtown New Britain, but will run through Newington Center.[8]

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
Amtrak
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: 541
CTtransit Hartford Express: 923
121 MCC/Hartford/UConn Health UConn Health, Farmington Manchester Comm. College, Manchester CTtransit Hartford: 66, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 88, 91, 94, 95, 96
CTtransit New Britain: 506
CTfastrak: 101, 102, 128, 144, 153, 161
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, 121, 144, 153, 161
140 CCSU Connector Cedar St Station (New Britain) East St Station (New Britain) CTfastrak: 101, 102, 121, 128, 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
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
161 St. Francis Hospital/Hartford Hospital via State Capitol St. Francis Hospital, Hartford Hartford Hospital, Hartford CTtransit Hartford: 31, 33, 37, 39, 41, 43, 47, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 69, 72, 74, 76
CTfastrak: 101, 102, 121, 128

Stations and stops (east to west)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What Is CTfastrak". State of Connecticut. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Krafcik, Mike (17 July 2014). "CTFastrak Set To Open In March; Economic Growth Expected Along Busway". WTIC Fox CT. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  3. ^ LaPorte, Mike (5 November 2014). "The Busway to the Future: Insider to CTfastrak before Opening to Public". The Live Wire. Manchester Community College. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  4. ^ U.S. Department Of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Connecticut Department of Transportation. Executive Summary, New Britain-Hartford Busway. Dec 2001.
  5. ^ "Busway: After More Than 12 Years, Work Starts In Earnest On Busway". tribunedigital-thecourant. 
  6. ^ "CTfastrak.com - HOME". ctfastrak.com. 
  7. ^ Simpson, Stan (30 June 2014). "DOT officials bullish on CTfastrak’s future". HartfordBusiness.com. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.cttransit.com/Uploads_Schedules/h_41_wkdysched(14).pdf

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