NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)– Connecticut’s new rapid transit bus-way from New Britain to Hartford has only been operating for a couple of months and the state is already announcing an expansion of the service.
“CT Fastrak” the line is going to be expanded to the east of Hartford all the way to Manchester. The Governor proclaimed CT Fastrak a big success. For the first 2 months the system is averaging 14,000 riders a day on weekdays, that way exceeds the original estimate for the first year of just 11,000.
The Governor says it means that many residents are ready to use a rapid transit system like this and he announced plans to expand the service to East Hartford and Manchester, using the existing interstate high occupancy vehicle lanes on I-84.
“East of the river will extend access to those employed at Pratt and Whitney, Goodwin College, in addition to many other large and small employers in those towns,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut.
The Governor says he hopes to have the eastern branch of this rapid transit line up and running in less than 12 months as ticketing and station facilities must be established, along with more commuter parking lots.