Just 5 days old and Connecticut’s first rapid transit system, CTfastrak is seeing a ridership trend among its new transit users. Launched on Sunday, March 29th, CTfastrak has old and new transit riders braving the cold temps to test out the new bus system. With nine days’ worth of free rides, just four remaining, people are taking advantage of this service.
CTfastrak runs 9.4 miles between downtown Hartford and downtown New Britain. With its bus only routes, CTfastrak passengers can ride worry free from traffic and congestion. Direct service is provided to and from Waterbury, Cheshire, Southington, Bristol, Plainville, New Britain, Newington, West Hartford, Hartford, East Hartford and Manchester. CTfastrak also offers passengers the option of using Transit App which also them to track buses in real time.
“Bus rapid transit systems like CTfastrak bring fast, high-frequency service for riders and serve as a catalyst for economic development,” said Therese McMillan, Federal Transit Acting Administrator. “We’re happy to help bring new transit options to central Connecticut’s growing population and the thousands of new bus riders who are expected to use the new service to connect to jobs, education, businesses and other destinations in New Britain, Newington and Hartford.”
While en-route, passengers have the opportunity to check their email, social media, or catch the news using the free Wi-Fi offered on the low-efficient hybrid diesel buses. Additionally, waiting passengers can take advantage of the park-like features, ticketing machines, real-time bus schedule displays, bike parking system, benches, or the 5 mile multi-use trail which runs along the route to many of the stations.
“Modernizing Connecticut’s transportation system impacts every resident that commutes to work or school, the functioning of business and industry, and the quality of our environment,” Lt. Governor Wyman said. “CTfastrak marks our commitment to a more connected, more efficient transit system that attracts riders, drives economic growth, and protects our environment.”
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