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.
Snow-mageddon. Snow-pocalypse. Snow-tastrophe. Call it what you want, but it is BRUTAL!!! The state got walloped with more than 12 inches of snow where some parts of the state received up to three feet. Naugatuck, a verrrry hilly town, bore the brunt of the storm, topping the 30-inch mark.
But we at Connecticut weren’t the only ones dealing with the snowy snarl. In Atlanta, the ice kept many travelers stranded at a Greyhound terminal. The slogan for Greyhound during the blizzard would be: Go Greyhound… unless the road looks like a freaking skating rink. We have to watch the temperatures for next week carefully. In 1977, the snow was so heavy on top of the Civic Center — now XL Center — that the roof collapsed when temperatures rose. The days leading up to Christmas in 2007 were greeted with the falling of ice on Central Row in downtown Hartford closing businesses on that street and rerouting CT Transit services around the accident.
As for today, I will consider myself snowed in. Don’t go out unless you really have to.
Connecticut is pleased to put the new 60-foot buses onto its cities’ streets. The Hartford division of CT Transit will unveil Connecticut’s first high-capacity articulated transit buses set to arrive this fall. The model is called the LFS Artic from Nova Bus, the same company whose buses Connecticut leased some 15 years ago.
But before the buses can hit Hartford streets, CT Transit has to make some changes with the bus stops in Downtown Hartford. The changes include, but are not limited to, the discontinuation of bus stop for Route 30 (Bradley Flyer) at Travelers and the bust stop for Route 69 (Capitol Avenue) in front of Bushnell Towers. More information about the bus stop changes around Downtown Hartford can be seen on www.cttransit.com.
Worth the wait.