Busway battle takes environmental twist

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By

HARTFORD — Restoring rail to the region instead of paving a nine-mile busway between Hartford and New Britain is an environmentally friendly alternative, the Sierra Club said in an Earth Day press conference.

DOT spokesman says busway is best transportation plan

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By

NEW BRITAIN — A recent spate of statements against the New Britain-Hartford busway by Bristol officials and political hopefuls prompted one state Department of Transportation official to describe them as “selfish” and not reflecting “the best interests of the state.”

CT Officials: Budget Crunch Can’t Derail Transit Investments

Apr 19th, 2010 | By

Last Wednesday, Tri-State and nearly a dozen other advocacy groups were joined by Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan and other elected officials to rally in favor of maintaining transit service and affordable fares as Connecticut grapples with an estimated $500 million budget deficit. Advocates also met with legislators throughout the day to press the case

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Voters: New Britain-Hartford Busway: Not Another Stalled Project for Connecticut

Apr 18th, 2010 | By

Will Connecticut get out of its own way and actually complete a project and deploy some vision? It seems the opposition to the New Britain to Hartford busway, some ten years in the works, is again on the rise.

‘If busway is stopped, region will lose out’

Apr 7th, 2010 | By

The Hartford Courant has published a letter to the editor from Carole Mulready, Chairwoman, League of Women Voters of Greater Hartford, about the opposition to the New Britain-Hartford busway.

Some Busway Fun Facts

Apr 6th, 2010 | By

The New Britain/Hartford Busway is estimated to cost $573 million. At that price the cost is $61.6 million per mile or $143,250.00 per new estimated rider. The daily ridership number of 15,000 presented by ConnDOT is a red herring in that it counts the current 11,000 daily riders from the existing CT Transit routes. The

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Busway Friends And Foes Take Stances On $200 Million In Federal Funds

Apr 5th, 2010 | By

HARTFORD — – If the Federal Transit Administration pledges more than $200 million this spring for the proposed New Britain to Hartford busway, the project’s supporters say they’re confident they'll have the momentum to get it built and operating by late 2013. via Busway Friends And Foes Take Stances On $200 Million In Federal Funds

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Legislators climb aboard busway plan

Apr 1st, 2010 | By

HARTFORD — After more than a decade of planning and debate, the latest news on the New Britain-Hartford busway is that legislators, transit advocates and environmental groups have finally taken their seats and are ready to ride. via Legislators climb aboard busway plan – The Bristol Press.

Stewart glad to see support

Apr 1st, 2010 | By

NEW BRITAIN — Although he has said he has often felt like a broken car along the side of a highway when it comes to advocating for a busway between the city and Hartford, Mayor Timothy Stewart said Wednesday he was glad to see legislators beginning to back the project. via Stewart glad to see

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Moving People, Creating Jobs, Protecting the Environment

Mar 31st, 2010 | By

21st Century Transportation Connecticut Fund for the Environment released the following: Legislative leaders, transit advocates, environmental groups, and other stakeholders gathered in front of the Legislative Office Building today to urge increased investment in public transportation. With a new CT Transit fuel cell bus as the backdrop, speakers called on state leaders to address the

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The New Britain-Hartford busway: An innovation in transit for a dispersed region

Mar 27th, 2010 | By

RPA has released a “New Britain-Hartford Busway Fact Sheet” that demonstrates the BRT system's value as part of a regional transit network for the Connecticut Capital Region. The fact sheet includes a map of the 9.1 mile busway as well as its planned bus services to destinations along the busway and throughout the region. via

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CT Legislature Moves on Vulnerable User, Amended Toll Bills | Mobilizing the Region

Mar 17th, 2010 | By

Connecticut’s Joint Committee on Transportation reported several bills out of committee earlier this week, including a Tri-State supported bill to increase penalties for careless driving and an amended bill directing ConnDOT to prepare a plan to implement electronic tolls.

Local lawmakers dicuss issues with Berlin residents

Mar 11th, 2010 | By

BERLIN — Area lawmakers wanted to hear from their constituents, and got an earful Thursday evening in town hall. They fielded questions from voters on issues ranging from home-care fees for seniors to allergy-free products to the proposed busway. via Local lawmakers dicuss issues with Berlin residents – The New Britain Herald.

Scuttling a bad idea: Republican-American commentary on the busway

Mar 11th, 2010 | By

Even if the busway is built, at an estimated cost of $570 million, the towns north and east of Waterbury lack the population density to warrant full-scale commuter-rail service. Moreover, the busway project, combined with the pointless Springfield-New Haven commuter-rail line, would impoverish the state of construction and operating money as well as exhaust potential

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Busway making slow headway

Mar 8th, 2010 | By

NEW BRITAIN – The long-awaited New Britain-Hartford Busway isn’t exactly stalled, but its movement toward completion is moving slowly. Although support for the plan appears to be geographical rather than political, officials on both sides are lining up on either side of the issue that crosses party lines. via Busway making slow headway – The

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Stop busway to help Valley – Connecticut Post

Mar 2nd, 2010 | By

For years, the state has persisted in believing that spending $569 million for a 9.6-mile bus-only highway in the middle of the state is a good idea. It’s not. The idea needs to die. Instead of spending a half-billion dollars to connect Hartford and New Britain via busway, the state should explore re-establishing passenger train

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Hamzy, Former GOP State Chairman, Endorses Hartford-To-Waterbury Rail Line – Courant.com

Mar 1st, 2010 | By

BRISTOL — – In another sign that the dispute over the Hartford-to-New Britain busway isn’t splitting along partisan lines, a prominent Republican has endorsed a Hartford-to-Waterbury rail alternative instead. Rep. William Hamzy of Plymouth, a former GOP state chairman, said Thursday that re-establishing passenger train service would be more cost-effective than spending about $569 million

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State candidates grow cool to busway

Feb 26th, 2010 | By

BRISTOL — Adding to the growing campaign trail skepticism about the proposed $573 million busway between Hartford and New Britain, Democratic gubernatorial contender Dan Malloy said this week that he might side with critics who prefer a commuter rail line instead. via State candidates grow cool to busway – The Bristol Press.

Fedele: Rail is better solution than busway

Feb 26th, 2010 | By

BRISTOL — The $573 million tab for the proposed busway between New Britain and Hartford is “a lot of money in today’s economy,” Lt. Gov. Mike Fedele said to business leaders Thursday. “I think somebody should put on the brakes,” said Fedele, who is hoping to win the Republican nomination for governor. via Fedele: Rail

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Stop The Busway; More Value In Rail Upgrade – Courant.com

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By

The proposed New Britain to Hartford busway is an expensive, limited solution to central Connecticut's mass transit problems that could be more cost effectively addressed by restoration of rail service from Waterbury to Hartford. Officials should stop the busway project. Michael D. Nicastro is president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce based

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