Construction for the new busway between Downtown New Britain and Union Station in Hartford got underway last week. But officials are trying to derail the proposed $573 million project that was on the backburner for over a decade. The route would be 9.4 miles long, making underpasses with I-84 and Route 9.
There are residents of New Britain, Bristol, Meriden, and other surrounding towns who say the busway is a waste of taxpayer money and that money should have been used to fix the roads and improve the highways. New Britain mayor Tim Stewart said the busway is key in the “revitalization of Downtown New Britain and would benefit the entire region.” This would also help benefit those who require public transportation — if they don’t drive, and take cars off I-84 traveling from New Britain to Hartford. Many also argue that the busway would bring ATV riders onto the busway route.