Posts Tagged ‘ New Britain-Hartford Busway ’

New Britain Gets $500,000 State Development Grant

Jul 27th, 2013 | By

With the busway scheduled to start operations in a year and a half, the state is giving the city $500,000 to plan downtown redevelopment to take advantage of economic growth possibilities.

Busway Critic: Maine Project Shows

Nov 10th, 2012 | By

When Amtrak trains started running the extended Downeaster route in Maine on Nov. 1, Connecticut transportation planners should have recognized the message, Michael Nicastro said. “This was the project we said they should have done instead of the busway for a lot less money, and nobody listened,” said Nicastro, president of the Bristol-based Central Connecticut

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Hartford Busway Remains Controversial and Unknown

Nov 10th, 2012 | By

Despite heavy criticism, the controversial $567 million plan to build a 9.4-mile New Britain to Hartford busway project, CT Fastrak, is moving ahead at full speed. State officials promise the busway will transform the way thousands of Hartford-area residents and students commute to work and school, including Central Connecticut State University. However, the NBC Connecticut

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AP Interview: Transit boss boosts bus project

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s transportation commissioner is stepping up the state’s defense of a half-billion dollar bus-only corridor as critics say construction is wrecking neighborhoods and killing jobs in Hartford. For more on this story, visit: AP Interview: Transit boss boosts bus project – News –

Anyone wanna buy a ‘unique’ state bus? – Opinion

Aug 20th, 2012 | By

By State Sen. ROB KANEYou know those buses which will soon be traveling along the $1,000-an-inch New Britain to Hartford busway? I have seen their future. In New York, Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to hold a “fire sale” of unused trains purchased by the state as part of a failed high-speed rail

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CT News Junkie | Busway Construction Underway

Aug 15th, 2012 | By

At a West Hartford construction site Monday Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker said contractors are working on extended hours and using creative techniques to ensure the New Britain-Hartford busway is completed on time and within its budget. Redeker gave reporters a tour of the construction at what will become the Flatbush Avenue Station—one of

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Markley: Busway Construction Too Close To Fairview Cemetery –

Jul 14th, 2012 | By

Gesturing toward the path that busway construction crews cleared through the center of Fairview Cemetery, Sen. Joe Markley said Friday he’s more convinced than ever that the project is a mistake. “We know we’re wasting money, we know we’re creating an eyesore and disrupting people’s lives. Now we see that it even interferes with the

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Busway’s Promise Shown In Cleveland

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

In the past few years, however, Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue, which was decimated by the social unrest and acute disinvestment of the 1960s, has experienced an improbable rebirth thanks to its new bus rapid transit system.

State Sen. Michael McLachlan: Not a good General Assembly session for state’s taxpayers

Jun 18th, 2012 | By

… Money was raided and swept from other funds to cover operating deficits. Why does this happen? Because the folks in charge of the purse strings at the state Capitol are addicted to spending your money. The $573 million New Britain to Hartford busway is one example. So is the $600,000 that was spent on

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Real mass transit rots as busway cranks up — Chris Powell opinion

May 28th, 2012 | By

Until recently hardly anyone in Connecticut might have thought that the state’s most compelling transportation need was a 9-mile bus highway between Hartford and New Britain, whose downtowns have commercial vacancy rates above 20 percent. But Governor Malloy officiated the other day at the groundbreaking for the project, whose cost is estimated at $567 million,

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Colin McEnroe proposes calling the Busway ‘Scootie’ — Mass transit including the Hartford to New Britain busway need support

May 28th, 2012 | By

We need to talk about Scootie. Scootie is the name I suggested, roughly 12 years ago, for the Hartford to New Britain busway, and like so many of my brilliant ideas, it was ignored. For more on this story, visit: Mass transit including the Hartford to New Britain busway need support –

Busway opponents booed as Malloy defends project

May 10th, 2012 | By

Opponents of the 9.4-mile New Britain-to-Hartford busway rallied at the Legislative Office Building Wednesday morning where they were booed by dozens of construction workers who support the nearly $570 million project, CT News Junkie reports.

Republican lawmakers such as Rep. Whit Betts of Bristol and Sen. Joseph Markley of Southington continued to argue against the busway. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story from WTNH and The Connecticut Post.

Busway Opponents Hijack Tolling Bill | CT News Junkie

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

Sen. Andrew Maynard, proponent of a bill to put tolls on Route 11, said he felt like he was trapped on the bus from the movie “Speed” after discussion of his bill was hijacked by a debate on the New Britain-to-Hartford busway project.

Legislators Making Last-Ditch Bid To Stop Busway Project

Feb 22nd, 2012 | By

Three Republican state legislators are proposing a bill to stop the New-Britain-to-Hartford busway, and a Democratic lawmaker is sponsoring a measure to cap its budget at its current estimated cost, $567 million.

Busway Offers New Transit Future for Connecticut | Mobilizing the Region

Nov 25th, 2011 | By

Apparently 13 is a lucky number for Central Connecticut transit riders and businesses. That’s because after 13 years, Connecticut and the Federal Transit Administration have finally signed off on a Full Funding Grant Agreement for the Hartford-New Britain Bus Rapid Transit, scheduled to begin operations in 2014.

Party Lines Grow Clearer In

Oct 10th, 2011 | By

As the battle over the proposed busway to Hartford moves to the final rounds, the lines between opponents and supporters are becoming more predictably partisan. Click on this headline to read more of this story.

LETTER: Busway example of utter dysfunction – The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT

Sep 12th, 2011 | By

Winston Churchill’s words ring true: “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. It’s inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Read more here: LETTER: Busway example of utter dysfunction – The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT.

Some Question Busway’s ‘Environmental’ Value

Sep 8th, 2011 | By

Sen. Joseph Markley, R-Southington, questioned the environmental soundness of a $569 million, 9.4 mile rapid transit bus route project from New Britain to Hartford Wednesday night at a public hearing he requested regarding the plan’s inland wetlands permit. Click on this environmental headline to read more.

Busway: Boost For The Environment?

Sep 7th, 2011 | By

The $569 million busway to Hartford would be an environmental bonanza for central Connecticut by reducing air pollution and blocking urban sprawl, proponents declared at a state hearing on the project Wednesday night. Several busway opponents have gained intervenor status, and will present their case on Friday when the hearing resumes in Hartford. The Connecticut

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DEEP Announces Change in On-Campus Location For Public Hearing on Busway Permit to Welte Hall

Sep 6th, 2011 | By

Hearing moved to Welte Hall

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is moving its public hearing on a permit for the New Britain to Hartford Busway to Welte Hall on the campus of Central Connecticut State University. The hearing had originally been scheduled to take place at Torp Theatre at CCSU.