Pricey new bus system set for next year

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A controversial new transit system is set to get rolling next year. The ‘CT Fastrak bus system’ is designed to reduce traffic on I-84 but it comes with a hefty price tag.

In roughly ten months time, the CT Fastrak bus way will be up and running.

“CT fast track will be the first rapid transit system in Connecticut and this will provide a lot more travel options for people,” said Michael Sanders, CT DOT.

Fastrak will operate between New Britain and Hartford, making stops at ten different station along the way.

A series of meetings have been taking place to update people on construction, which broke ground in 2012.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

CT Fastrak meeting

“At our open house meeting we are presenting the status of the project. We have a construction update and construction photos,” said Sanders.

While some look at this project as a convenience, it’s also drawing a great deal of criticism because of its price tag.

That price tag is around $576 million.

“Yeah that’s a lot of money, sure you know to go 8 miles. Sure it is,” said Mike Mehan, Burlington.

“It is, way too much we could have used that money in a lot of other places like highway maintenance,” said Michael Mele, Stafford Springs.

The DOT says the goal of the project is to reduce congestion on I-84, reduce travel time and connect commuters to different parts of the state.

“What this really gives us though is the ability to take enough people off 84 so you can put more people and goods on 84 and improve the whole mobility system,” said Sanders.

The next and final public meeting on CT Fastrak will be May 6th at the Hartford Public Library, starting at 5:30 PM.

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