Category Archives: Roads

Green Light for Busway

The once-proposed bus rapid transit (or BRT) between Hartford and New Britain could soon become a reality.

The New Britain-Hartford Busway costs $567 million — more than $60 million per mile — and construction is slated for later this spring and could wrap up by the end of 2013. There are 11 stops (with a 12th one coming soon as part of the expansion of Central Connecticut State University) on this particular bus line, which serves the towns of Newington and West Hartford in addition to Hartford and New Britain. It should ease the congestion on Interstate 84.

Gov. Dannel Malloy is also considering the plan for the commuter rail line between Bristol and Waterbury. CT Transit services would be affected, and that’s change for the better, because the ridership of transit services would increase as gasoline prices are on the rise. In Hartford alone, it takes roughly 45 minutes to go to New Britain on the 41–New Britain route. Even with the addition of the new busway that would zip along the I-84 corridor, the Hartford-to-New Britain bus route will still be in use.

Opponents of the new busway include Michael Nicastro, mayor of Bristol, who said it’s ineffective and too costly. “He made sure the can didn’t get kicked down the road,” he said. While he praises Malloy for supporting the rail link from Waterbury to Bristol and then to Hartford, Nicastro is still reluctant to lose it.

I do remember President Obama’s speech on the need for BRT in America. China is whooping our asses butts when it comes to transporting passengers from point A to point B as quickly as possible.  Obama said we need to “out-innovate the world.” This time, he meant it.

New Britain Eye Candy

Worth the wait.

New Buses Coming to New Britain, Bristol

It’s official!!!!! After 13 long years have passed by — as per mandate — CT TRANSIT’s new buses are on their way onto New Britain and Bristol streets. Because the New Britain/Bristol division has the oldest fleet, it’s the first in line for the new buses.

These buses are from New Flyer and 35 feet long, unlike their counterparts from Hartford or New Haven at 40 feet, and they use diesel fuel. They are part of the $152 million stimulus package for transit projects and purchases Connecticut received last year.

More people on buses mean fewer cars on the road – and that translates into reduced congestion and cleaner air.
M. Jodi Rell, Connecticut Governor (R)

Look for the new buses in the New Britain and Bristol areas starting this spring!

Route Change in Hartford

Starting tomorrow, March 7, 2010, the 42 route line from the CT Transit Hartford Division is being split into two different routes, the 40 and the 42. The reason for this action is to help its customers better identify the route(s) they need, and more quickly get to their destination.

40–North Main Street: The 40 (formerly 42N) route will serve the entire length of Main Street in Hartford, past the Hartford-Windsor line, then continue to the Wilson Park & Ride just off Windsor Avenue in Windsor. This route will also serve the Dept. of Social Services on 3580 Main Street and the Board of Education Services for the Blind at the corner of Meadow Road and Windsor Avenue. Furthermore, the DSS and the BESB will also be served by any trip on the 32, 34, 36, and 92 except the 36X.

42–Barbour Street: The 42 route dropped the “B” from its name. It will serve Main Street up to Capen Street before turning left at that intersection. Then it will continue to Barbour Street, Cleveland Avenue, and Tower Avenue. It will also serve Unity Plaza on Barbour Street and Barbour School on Tower Avenue, both in Hartford.

An updated schedule and map are posted on CTTRANSIT’s website.

Lindt Leaves Meriden

Meriden, Conn. area chocoholics will have to go elsewhere to satisfy their sweet tooth. As of today, the Lindt Chocolate store inside the Westfield Shoppingtown Meriden is closed. I don’t know why they closed today but AFAIK, the Lindt sign was taken down and the store was as good as bare. This turns out to be more bitter than sweet. But I wonder……are all Lindt stores closing their doors forever?

Also, starting Monday, March 8, you can board the bus from Hartford to Central CT State University. CT Transit is extending trips on the 69–Capitol Avenue route from its current terminus at Veterans’ Hospital in Newington all the way to serve Central CT State University in New Britain, while making easy connections with New Britain Transportation’s O–Oak Street and S–Stanley Street routes. These trips will run Monday through Saturday. If only the New Britain buses started running on Sundays…

See Something, Do Nothing???

Picture this. If you saw an act of terrorism happen on your bus ride to work, would you report it to the police? Or would you keep your mouth shut and do nothing, for fears of being called a snitch and receiving death threats? Or would you just suck it up and take matters into your own hands?

That wasn’t the case in Seattle, when 15-year-old Aiesha Steward-Baker asked police for help several times at a shopping center on Jan. 28, the day she was assaulted. Surveillance cameras captured three others ganging up on the girl, but the guards did nothing to try to stop the altercation. That’s because they are prohibited from doing so. See video of the attack on KIRO-TV Channel 7’s website.

Haven’t we learned anything from the Kitty Genovese stabbing? Kitty Genovese was stabbed at outside her apartment in the Kew Gardens section of Queens, New York March 13, 1964, and no one did crap. Another example of public indifference — or inaction — occured on the afternoon of May 30, 2008 when Angel Arce Torres was hit by one or two vehicles while trying to cross Park Street in Hartford. Both vehicles failed to stop. Other pedestrians watched Torres lying on the median of Park Street but never attempted to do anything. Torres fought for his life for less than a year, but sadly, he passed away on May 11, 2009 at age 79.

Busway is Coming (or Not)

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.

Busway: Will it, or won't it, go forward?