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Bus system causing some parking issues

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Parking problems arise at CTfastrak (WFSB) Parking problems arise at CTfastrak (WFSB)
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

The CTfastrak is more popular than expected but it is causing some parking problems.

The state’s first rapid bus system has been up and running for five months, but some of the parking lots are too fill and now the state is looking for more parking.

The CTfastrak is rolling along with roughly 2,000 more riders per day.

"I am not surprised --- in fact I think it’s a good idea, it really is mass transit, it should be like that,” said Philip Montaufray of Newington.

In Newington, after the morning rush, the Cedar Street parking lot is full.

"I plan on taking it every day so I figured rather than drive I would get acquainted,” said Rob Brownell, who is a student at Manchester College. “I had to park up the driveway to get here.”

There is open space adjacent to the bus stop and the state plans to clean up contamination there and turn that into parking.

In New Britain, more parking is also needed and riders can park in the Bank Street garage, but it costs $3 per day, which may keep people from using that station.

There is a shopping center nearby and the state is trying to work out some type of arrangement to allow riders to park there and even lease some spots from other businesses.

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