Busway Contractors Preparing For Last Big Construction Season

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By

By mid-fall, though, the $567 million bus-only highway from the center of New Britain to downtown Hartford should be essentially complete.

Downtown businesses say busway will create parking problems

Aug 31st, 2013 | By

There is a bus lane on Asylum Street in the Capital City that is expected to be part of the Connecticut Fasttrack Busway and that bustling street right in the heart of downtown Hartford.

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.

New Britain/Waterbury busway being considered

Jul 7th, 2013 | By

Among the options under consideration for improving transportation in Central Connecticut is a second busway that would run between New Britain and Waterbury.

CTfastrak begins fine tuning at first of seven public hearings

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

Several Newington residents had questions Monday evening for Michael Sanders, CTfastrak transit administrator, during the first of seven public hearings on the Busway plan.

State Seeks Ideas For Busway Service, Schedule

Feb 25th, 2013 | By

The DOT has scheduled two meetings in early March to hear from commuters, shoppers, college students and other prospective riders about the sort of service they want. For more on this story, visit: State Seeks Ideas For Busway Service, Schedule – Courant.com.

Commissioner optimistic about Fastrak busway

Feb 12th, 2013 | By

It might not sway detractors, but at least the Connecticut “Fastrak” busway connecting Hartford and New Britain is on time and on budget so far.

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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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.

Hartford Grant Offers Model for CT’s New Transit Stations

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

The City of Hartford’s efforts, which benefited from a federal TIGER grant awarded last month, offer a good model. The grant will fund complete street improvements, including bus lanes, bike lanes, and pedestrian safety improvements on streets near Hartford’s Union Station, where both new services will stop. Mobilizing the Region reports.

Official shoveling takes place at busway groundbreaking (update)

May 25th, 2012 | By

Proponents herald the project as a job-creator that will decrease traffic congestion. Opponents say it’s a waste of money that won’t be used. CTNewsJunkie, CTMirror and others report.

Busway Opposition Hits End Of The Road?

May 15th, 2012 | By

Rep. Whit Betts: ‘The Voters Don’t Want This, And Today The Voters Were Overruled’

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.

Massachusetts contractor to land largest busway contract

Jan 16th, 2012 | By

An out-of-state contractor will secure the largest contract for the Hartford-New Britain Busway, a $567-million project launched, in part, to create Connecticut jobs.

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.

Grant Agreement for Busway New Britain to Hartford Signed (update with Malloy’s statement)

Nov 21st, 2011 | By

The New Britain to Hartford bus way is expected to begin operating in 2014. On Monday morning, a federal grant agreement was signed at a ceremony at Central Connecticut State University.

‘Very Favorable’ Bids Received for First Major Busway Construction Project

Nov 14th, 2011 | By

Bids well below previous estimates were received this week by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) for the first major construction contract for the New Britain-Hartford Busway.

Estimates for the work ranged as high as $35 million, but the lowest bid came in at $26.7 million from Manafort Brothers Inc., of Plainville, Connecticut. Manafort’s bid will be reviewed over the next 60 days before the contract is awarded and the work will begin in 2012.

Busway bad deal: New Britain-to-Hartford busway is bad business proposal

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

A transit project that took too long to materialize and is no longer valid is now a jobs bill. There are alternatives. Maybe we should just build some pyramids. The result would be the same and we would save $22 million a year. How’s that for fiduciary duty?