Connecticut DOT holding hearings on New Britain-Hartford Busway service

Although this is far outside our neck of the woods, far be it from me to not at least offer this information for people who might want to weigh in.

Basically the Connecticut DOT is looking for public input on the New Britain-Hartford Busway, which is also called CTfastrak. More details below.

(Newington, CT) — The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced a series of open house meetings to seek public input to help refine the service plan of CTfastrak. During the open house events the public will be provided an overview of the project as well as the status of construction. These meetings are free and open to all members of the public.

During the planning stage, CTfastrak was known as the New Britain-Hartford Busway. The project includes 11 stations in New Britain, Newington, West Hartford and Hartford with buses running every three to six minutes during peak commuting hours.

When CTfastrak opens for operation, some bus routes in Bristol, Plainville, New Britain, Newington, West Hartford, Cheshire, Southington, Waterbury and Hartford will change and most will have much more frequent service.

The public is invited to come and share what is important to them and help design a transit system that will efficiently serve their travel needs. A draft service plan can be found at under “Program Details”.

For those who are unable to attend in person, comments on the service plan can also be made via e-mail to

The Open House Meetings will be held at the following places and times:

Newington (evening) – Monday, March 4, 2013
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Newington Town Hall, 131 Cedar Street, Newington

West Hartford (evening) – Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Elmwood Community Center, 1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford

Bristol (afternoon) – Monday, March 11, 2013
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, Bristol

Central Connecticut State University (midday) – Tuesday, March 12, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
CCSU Student Center, Alumni Hall
1615 Stanley Street, New Britain

New Britain (evening) – Wednesday, March 13, 2013
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CCSU Institute of Technology & Business Development
185 Main Street, New Britain

Hartford (midday) – Tuesday, March 19, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford

Hartford (evening) – Tuesday, March 19, 2013
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford

Individuals requesting language assistance or accommodations due to a disability should contact the Connecticut Department of Transportation communications office at (860) 594-3061. For consideration, requests should be submitted five working days prior to the event. The department will make every reasonable effort to provide assistance when possible.