|Headquarters||2800 Berlin Turnpike
|Service type||Bus rapid transit|
CTfastrak, known previously as the New Britain-Hartford Busway, is a 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 be operational by March 2015.
The CTfastrak dedicated busway transit project was selected as the most cost-effective means to relieve congestion on I-84 between Hartford, West Hartford, Newington and New Britain. The 9.4-mile line is projected to cost $570 million, of which more than two-thirds ($400 million) is being paid for with federal grants.
Connecticut's first bus rapid transit system is set to follow the route of an abandoned rail right-of-way (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 multi-use trail between New Britain and Newington. Along much of its length, CTfastrak will be constructed as a grade-separated limited-access highway.
In addition, the 23/24 express bus services (which currently utilize existing roads) will operate between Waterbury Union Station and the new CTfastrak right-of-way, providing communities such as Southington and Cheshire with improved public transportation and faster commutes.
Another amenity of the CTfastrak project is a five-mile, multi-use trail, fenced in along the busway, for walking and bicycling.
Planned station stops (east to west)
- "What Is CTfastrak". State of Connecticut. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- Krafcik, Mike (17 July 2014). "CTFastrak Set To Open In March; Economic Growth Expected Along Busway". WTIC Fox CT. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- U.S. Department Of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Connecticut Department of Transportation. Executive Summary, New Britain-Hartford Busway. Dec 2001.
- Simpson, Stan (30 June 2014). "DOT officials bullish on CTfastrak’s future". HartfordBusiness.com. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
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