The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) has officially kicked off CTfastrak, the state's new bus rapid transit service utilizing a fleet of hybrid diesel-electric buses.
As Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. announced in February, the state DOT will operate more than 40 Allison Hybrid-equipped buses under its CTfastrak service. The new fleet includes 30-foot Gillig buses to provide neighborhood circulator service and 40-foot New Flyer buses to operate connector routes. The main line service will be operated with 60-foot articulated Nova buses.
According to the Connecticut DOT, 10 new CTfastrak transit stations were built along a 9.4-mile bus-only roadway in Hartford, West Hartford, Newington and New Britain. The CTfastrak system provides direct service to and from several regions in central Connecticut.
“Modernizing Connecticut's transportation system impacts every resident that commutes to work or school, the functioning of business and industry, and the quality of our environment,” said Connecticut Lt. Gov. Wyman. “CTfastrak marks our commitment to a more connected, more efficient transit system that attracts riders, drives economic growth, and protects our environment.”
CTfastrak started operations on March 28, kicking off nine days of free service for riders.