Officials to break ground on Hartford-New Britain busway
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -
After years of planning, state officials are scheduled to break ground on a rebranded, half billion-dollar Hartford-to-New Britain bus-only corridor, the only one in Connecticut.
Once known as the busway, the 9.4-mile route has been rebranded and is now called CTfastrak. Judd Everhart, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said busway was never the official name of the project, but was used as short hand.
Everhart said the name CTfastrak describes a new type of public transit, combining fast transportation free of traffic similar to rail travel with the flexibility and direct service of a bus.
The state is expected to pay $112 million for its share of the $567 million price tag.
Critics said it's too costly and felt ridership will fall short of projections.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
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