By Tribuna Staff
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced this month that the CTfastrak bus rapid transit system will begin operating on March 28, 2015. The CTDOT will hold a series of open house events in December and January where the public can learn about routes in their neighborhoods, use a web-based trip planner, board the new buses and try out the new ticket vending machines.
The CTfastrak bus rapid transit system is a series of routes that use a bus-only roadway to improve travel time. Local CTfastrak buses will stop at every station, or use the bus-only road for part of the trip, then use local roads to bring riders to popular destinations such as the Westfarms Mall, Manchester Community College, the UConn Health Center and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). Circulator routes will also link CTfastrak stations with surrounding neighborhoods.
Passengers can also board a Hartford Express Bus at free Park & Ride lots in Bristol, Cheshire, Southington or Waterbury. Buses enter the bus roadway at the Downtown New Britain station, and then continue non-stop to the Sigourney Street station in Hartford, where they exit the bus-only road and circulate through downtown Hartford.
Ten new bus stations in New Britain, Newington, West Hartford and Hartford are in the final stages of construction. In addition, a five-mile recreational trail was built along the CTfastrak roadway between New Britain and Newington for bicyclists, runners and pedestrians.
For more information about CTfastrak and updated information about the open house events, visit www.ctfastrak.com. Individuals requesting language assistance or accommodation due to a disability should contact the CTDOT communications office at (860) 594-3061. For consideration, requests should be submitted five working days prior to the event. The Department will make every reasonable effort to provide assistance.