Officials involved with the Connecticut Fast Track project told Eyewitness News that the eco-friendly, inexpensive New Britain to Hartford busway is on schedule to be completed on time in two years.
The busway itself is being constructed on an abandoned railroad corridor near Interstate 84, which will connect the two cities and have 11 stations. Several lanes of traffic are closed along roads near the route as construction continues.
"In just a brief six or seven months, 30 percent is now finished," said Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Redeker at a public meeting Wednesday and went on to say "we still have work to be done but the progress is extraordinary."
The idea is for people to use mass transit so traffic on highways will decrease. Redeker said business owners have expressed interest in the bus stop areas.
"It's a center of activity that actually generates desire to have businesses, residences and a walkable community around that station as a focal point," he said.
While businesses are looking to grow, commuters are looking to save especially with a one-way bus ticket expected to cost $1.30.
"With the cost of gasoline at $4 a gallon, it really expensive for consumers to drive around the state," said Richard Chang.
The busway is expected to carry 16,000 riders per day
Construction is expected to be completed in 2014 and the busway is expected to open in 2015.
"The goal really isn't about construction," Redeker said. "The goal is about a service that really is part of a community that people use."
The website for the busway, which will include ticketing, weekly construction updates and local events, is under construction. More information should be available in the next month
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Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:09:50 GMT
A train derailment was reported near the Bridgeport and Fairfield city lines Friday night. Few details have been released on the derailment, but the incident was reported around 6:30 p.m. in the area ofMore >
Dozens of passengers and employees were among those injured when two Metro-North trains collided near a station in Fairfield Friday night.More >
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Wednesday, May 15 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-05-15 18:57:11 GMT
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well. An Arizona bakery was featured on Friday's episode of the Gordon RamseyMore >
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:58:37 GMT
Happy Saturday, Rain is on its way – as expected – but it will not hamper the entire weekend. Early this morning, there will be low clouds, fog and drizzle in many parts of Connecticut. This will haveMore >
Thursday, May 16 2013 3:45 PM EDT2013-05-16 19:45:11 GMT
Police arrested a Toronto woman, who was trying to get into the charity polo match in Greenwich where Prince Harry was playing.According to police, Wen Qi, 36, was trying to enter the Conyers Farms PoloMore >
Police arrested a Toronto woman, who was trying to get into the charity polo match in Greenwich where Prince Harry was playing.More >
South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.More >
North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said. It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy...More >
Friday, May 17 2013 5:19 PM EDT2013-05-17 21:19:20 GMT
CSP arrive in Trumbull after a body was found Friday morning
A body was discovered along a road on the Bridgeport and Trumbull town lines Friday morning, according to police.No other information was released.Refresh this page and watch Eyewitness News for updatesMore >
State police said they are investigating the discovery of human remains in a wooded area near the Bridgeport/Trumbull town lines Friday morning.More >