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It's About Connecting Communities

CTfastrak provides a critical link to connect communities in central Connecticut like never before. A new 9.4-mile dedicated roadway for buses serves as the spine of the regional transit system – offering the traffic-free speed of a train, with the convenience of a bus to bring riders directly to their destinations.

Passengers enjoy a fast 20-minute ride on the dedicated CTfastrak line between downtown Hartford and New Britain – less than half the current travel time by bus, and comparable to auto travel between the two cities during off-peak hours. 

The benefits of CTfastrak service also extends to outlying communities, resulting in a streamlined transit system providing fast, convenient access to employment, shopping, educational and cultural destinations throughout the region. To achieve this vision, 68 routes connect with or travel on the CTfastrak guideway. New connector and circulator routes link major employers, communities and activity centers to CTfastrak; many existing routes have been modified to serve CTfastrak stations; and the frequency and days of service have increased on many existing routes.

the benefit of the system

Highlights of the new CTfastrak transit service plan include:

  • A Bristol to Hartford shuttle offering fast, direct service to New Britain and Hartford
  • Frequent round trip shuttle and direct service from CTfastrak stations to Central Connecticut State University 
  • Improved access to Elmwood, Westfarms and UConn Health
  • New, fast access from Waterbury, Cheshire and Southington to New Britain and Hartford


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