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Officials to break ground on Hartford-New Britain busway

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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.

For more information about the project, click here.

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