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CTfastrak to reveal study results amid plans to expand into 5 towns

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CTfastrak (WFSB file photo) CTfastrak (WFSB file photo)

State transportation officials plan to reveal the results of their CTfastrak expansion planning study to the public at an open house on Wednesday.

In part to connecting with the existing CTfastrak bus service, a proposal for eastern expansion was set to include service to East Hartford, Manchester, Vernon, Tolland, and Storrs.

At the open house, attendees can expect to see a presentation of the proposed CTfastrak routes, engage in a question and answer period, a one-on-one discussion with Department of Transportation staff, and a brief survey to secure public feedback.

After this open house, public input will not be considered in the study.

Information on both phases of the expansion planning study will be available at the open house:

Phase I implemented longer service hours for local CTtransit routes in order to appease the needs of existing riders and anchor institutions.

Phase II examined longer operation of CTfastrak to the towns east of Hartford, as well as market conditions.

CTfastrak is Connecticut’s first bus rapid Transit system, allowing passengers travel through a system of bus routes that utilizes a bus-only roadway.

BRT systems manage to set themselves apart through additional features that offer passengers a faster and more enjoyable ride than conventional bus transit.

CTfastrak routes are integrated with the CTtransit bus system, and is integral to the DOT's plan for a stronger Connecticut public transportation infrastructure.

The open house is happening from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Whiton Memorial Library, 100 North Main St. in Manchester.

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