Like it or not, CTfastrak is here to stay.
Since its launch on March 28, the CTfastrak drew in more than 150,000 in the first five weeks alone, exceeding ridership expectations. There are 10 stations on the CTfastrak line between Downtown Hartford and Downtown New Britain, two major hubs for the local bus routes. CTfastrak currently serves the communites of Hartford, Manchester, West Hartford, Bloomfield, Newington, Wethersfield, New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Cheshire, and Waterbury to name a few.
CTfastrak will soon expand into Manchester and East Hartford. But instead of tearing up many unused roads throughout the two towns, this project will just use the HOV lanes on I-84, and like its west-of-the-river counterpart, add dedicated bus stations, parking, and ticket machines. CTfastrak already has a bus route that serves east-of-the-river, Route 121, which connects Manchester Community College with the UConn Health Center in Farmington. This is exciting news for those who live in East Hartford, Manchester, Vernon or South Windsor.