The busway’s progress stalled last spring because of delays in landing $275 million in federal aid, and critics hope that gives them an opportunity to kill it.
“We’re big believers in mass transit, but this thing is not the right solution,” said Michael Nicastro, president of the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce. “It will be a waste of money. At that price, we should be getting a lot more.”
According to a the project description, the total project cost is $569 million (including studies, design, right of way, construction, buses and start-up costs). Expenditures to Date: $65 million.
A total of 11 transit stations will serve the users of the Busway. Through coordination between the Department and Central Connecticut State University, the Busway design accommodates the possibility for a 12th station stop to support the proposed East Campus expansion. A multi-use trail will be constructed adjacent to the north/west side of the busway from downtown New Britain to the Newington Junction Station in Newington (a distance of approximately 4.4 miles).
Download a complete map of the project here.