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Busway celebrates 1 millionth ride in West Hartford

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Gov. Dannel Malloy and CT Fastrak celebrated the busway's one millionth ride on Wednesday. (WFSB photo) Gov. Dannel Malloy and CT Fastrak celebrated the busway's one millionth ride on Wednesday. (WFSB photo)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The CT Fastrak busway celebrated its one millionth ride on Wednesday.

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the milestone with a number of other officials at the Flatbush Avenue Station in West Hartford.

"This project is surpassing expectations - today is a major milestone," Malloy said. "CT Fastrak is a key part of broader efforts around the state to increase transit opportunities, revitalize neighborhoods, spur redevelopment, and create new opportunities for small businesses.  We are changing the way people travel with this dynamic project."

Malloy said if the state wants to improve its economy, grow jobs and support business growth, then it must make such investments.

"This project is an example of how - and why - transforming transportation is so important," he said.

In the overall corridor, Malloy said the system's average ridership is 14,000 passenger trips on weekdays, 9,000 trips on Saturdays and 5,000 on Sundays.

The trips are tallied by a counting system installed in each bus's doorway. CT Fastrak began counting the trips on April 6.

The celebratory ride shifted into gear around 9:30 a.m. with a busload of people.

State Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker was also on hand for the event.

More information on CT Fastrak, which brings riders from New Britain to Hartford and vice versa, can be found on its website here.

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