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(0702/16) Public Input Requested for Connecticut Statewide Bus Study

News From The Connecticut Department Of Transportation

Public Input Requested for Connecticut Statewide Bus Study

For immediate release: 7/26/16
For more information: Judd Everhart 
judd.everhart@ct.gov 860.594.3062

(Newington, CT) -- The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that an online public workshop regarding Connecticut’s bus system will begin on July 25 and conclude on August 5, 2016..

Information gathered during the public workshop will be used as part of the CTDOT Statewide Bus Study to help make the bus transit system meet the needs of Connecticut’s residents and commuters more effectively. The study will propose recommendations to improve Connecticut’s bus system consistent with the goals set forth in Let’s Go CT – the 30-year vision to improve Connecticut’s transportation system.

“I encourage everyone to take part in this important process by viewing the presentation and providing feedback,” said CTDOT Commissioner James Redeker. “The information we receive will be an invaluable tool that will allow us to design our bus system to better serve residents’ needs. Your input is essential and crucial for planning Connecticut’s direction.”

The public is invited to visit www.ctbusstudy.com at any time between July 25 and August 5 and take part in the public workshop. Residents and commuters who choose to participate will watch a brief video about bus travel in Connecticut and then answer questions about their mode of travel, their destinations and how to make bus travel meet their needs. The workshop will take about 20 minutes to complete and can also be accessed on most mobile devices.

For more information on the online bus workshop or the Connecticut Statewide Bus Study, please visit www.ctbusstudy.com.

Information on Let’s GO CT can be found at www.transformct.info.


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(06/02/16) CTfastrak First Year Report - Report Summarizes Operating, Marketing & Outreach Activities For Connecticut’s New Bus Rapid Transit System

News From The Connecticut Department Of Transportation

CTfastrak First Year Report

– Report Summarizes Operating, Marketing & Outreach Activities For Connecticut’s New Bus Rapid Transit System –

For immediate release: 6/2/16
For more information: Judd Everhart
judd.everhart@ct.gov 860.594.3062
CTDOT Press Release

(Newington, CT) -- The Connecticut Department of Transportation today released the CTfastrak First Year Report – a review of the operating, marketing and outreach activities since the new Bus Rapid Transit system's launch on March 28, 2015.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Weekday passenger trips now average 16,000, doubling the previous daily ridership in the corridor
  • A 99.4 percent fare compliance rate in a proof-of-payment system
  • Celebrated millionth rider on September 9, 2015
  • Introduced service to UConn Football games at Rentschler Field in September 2015
  • Participated in more than 100 public outreach events
  • More than 750 runners participated in CTfastrak’s 15K and Relay race on May 3, 2015
  • CTfastrak employs more than 200 people, including bus operators and mechanics


The full CTfastrak First Year Report and a two-page summary can be found at: http://ctfastrak.com/about/news/one-year-anniversary. It has also been posted on the Connecticut Department of Transportation website.

CTfastrak provides direct service to and from Waterbury, Cheshire, Southington, Bristol, Plainville, New Britain, Newington, West Hartford, Hartford, East Hartford and Manchester with routes that take advantage of the bus-only CTfastrak roadway. The CTfastrak system offers a one-seat, no-transfer ride to many major regional employment, education, shopping and healthcare destinations as well as connections to the New Haven Line-Waterbury branch rail in Waterbury and Amtrak service in Hartford. A new 4.5 mile multi-use trail runs parallel to the bus-only roadway from New Britain to Newington Junction.

For information about CTfastrak, visit www.ctfastrak.com, connect via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ctfastrak or via Twitter at @ctfastrak. Route timetables are available at www.cttransit.com under the “Schedules/CTfastrak” tab and the latest information on the more than 60 businesses participating in the CTfastrak Rewards program is available at www.ctfastrak.com/rewards.

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(04/19/16) CTfastrak "East of the River" Transit Study Recommends Expansion of Local Bus Service

CTfastrak "East of the River" Transit Study Recommends Expansion of Local Bus Service

For immediate release: April 19, 2016
CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEWS RELEASE
Press Release Link

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced plans to expand bus service in communities east of Hartford beginning in August 2016.

The announcement is based upon the initial results of a study on expansion of CTfastrak services by CTDOT. The first phase of the study identified key destinations along with present and future consumer needs and developed three priorities -- expand service on local routes to more closely match the service hours of the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit system, improve access to The Shoppes at Buckland Hills and provide a public transportation service between the University of Connecticut main campus in Storrs and the CTfastrak system.

While the long-term goal is to determine target areas for on-street bus rapid transit corridors, the currently recommended increase in local service is a down payment in a phased expansion that will result in improved transit service in east of the river communities. Currently, several CTtransit local bus routes serving east of the river cease operations as early as 7:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5:20 p.m. on Sunday. The transit study’s initial recommendation is to extend the transit service until 10.45 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7:40 p.m. on Sunday on bus routes 82, 83, 84, 88, 91 and 95. If additional funding becomes available, the study recommends expanding existing bus services to the Tolland Park and Ride commuter lot with the possibility of shuttle service to the UCONN campus in Storrs.

The study on CTfastrak expansion will continue in a second phase and will focus on identifying transit corridors for on-street Bus Rapid Transit enhancements such as queue jumpers for buses and traffic signal preference in order to reduce travel time, and transit stations with amenities like real-time bus arrival information to improve the customer experience. Improvements at select park and ride locations could be implemented as soon as 2018.

As part of its regular program, CTDOT began retrofitting existing CTtransit bus fleet with new technologies which will provide consumers with real-time travel information system wide by the end of 2016.

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(04/21/16) CTfastrak Shuttle To New Britain Bees Baseball Games At Veterans Memorial Stadium To Begin This Weekend

News From The Connecticut Department Of Transportation

CTfastrak Shuttle To New Britain Bees Baseball Games At Veterans Memorial Stadium To Begin This Weekend

BEE SHUTTLE SCHEDULE (PDF)

For immediate release: 4/21/16
For more information: Judd Everhart
judd.everhart@ct.gov 860.594.3062

(Newington, CT) -- The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that it will begin a weekend CTfastrak shuttle service to New Britain Bees baseball games at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The "BEEShuttle" will leave from the CTfastrak Downtown New Britain Station at Bay P and carry passengers directly to and from the stadium for all Saturday and Sunday home games.

Travel on the BEEShuttle is free with a transfer from any local CTfastrak or CTtransit route or costs $1.50 each way if only using the shuttle. Fare for children age 4 and under is free and youths age 5-18 are offered a discounted $1.20 fare (proof of age may be requested).

For Saturday New Britain Bees' games, which usually begin at 6:35 p.m., the CTfastrak BEEShuttle will leave the CTfastrak Downtown New Britain Station with six scheduled trips between 4:50 p.m. and 6:05 p.m.

For the Sunday New Britain Bees' games which usually start at 1:35 p.m., the first BEEShuttle will leave the CTfastrak Downtown New Britain Station at 11:50 a.m. and continue with regular trips to the stadium until 1:05 p.m.

Return trips will depart Veterans Memorial Stadium 10, 20 and 35 minutes after the last out in the game. For customers who choose to leave the game early, one bus will remain on standby at the stadium to shuttle customers back to the CTfastrak Downtown New Britain Station at the end of the third and sixth innings or in the event the game is cancelled or delayed due to rain.

For a complete schedule about the new CTfastrak BEEShuttle and more information about CTfastrak, visit www.ctfastrak.com or www.cttransit.com.

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(04/13/16) Hartford Marathon Foundation To Hold CTfastrak 15K & Team Relay This Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hartford Marathon Foundation To Hold CTfastrak 15K & Team Relay This Sunday, April 17, 2016

For immediate release: 4/13/16
For more information: Judd Everhart
phone: 860.594.3062
judd.everhart@ct.gov

(Newington, CT) -- The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced today the second running of the CTfastrak 15K & Team Relay which will take place this Sunday, April 17, 2016 on the CTfastrak bus-only roadway. The event is organized and operated by the Hartford Marathon Foundation. The race is a point-to-point 15 kilometer (9.3 miles) course for solo runners and relay teams of two or three runners.

The CTfastrak 15k & Team Relay will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday at the CTfastrak Downtown New Britain Station, located at 327 Main Street, and continue on the dedicated roadway through Newington and West Hartford. The race will end on Allyn Street in downtown Hartford.

"This is another great opportunity for thousands of central Connecticut individuals to actively use and learn more about CTfastrak and its transit options," said CT Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.

"Runners are looking forward to competing on the smooth surface in this unique point-to-point race followed by a fabulous post-race gathering to celebrate their accomplishment," said Beth Shluger, race director and CEO, Hartford Marathon Foundation.

The CTfastrak 15K & Team Relay is capped at 1200 entries. To register for the race or for more information, visit www.hartfordmarathon.com.

Regular CTfastrak bus service will be detoured and operate using temporary bus stops outside stations during the event, and I-84 Eastbound Exit 48A will be closed for the duration of the event.

The CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit system provides direct service to and from Waterbury, Cheshire, Southington, Bristol, Plainville, New Britain, Newington, West Hartford, Hartford, East Hartford and Manchester with routes that take advantage of the bus-only CTfastrak roadway. The CTfastrak system offers a one-seat, no-transfer ride to many major regional employment, education, shopping and healthcare destinations as well as connections to the New Haven Line-Waterbury branch rail in Waterbury and Amtrak service in Hartford. CTfastrak recently marked its First Anniversary and the goal of servicing over three million riders. A new 4.5 mile multi-use trail runs parallel to the CTfastrak bus-only roadway from New Britain to Newington Junction.

For information about CTfastrak, visit www.ctfastrak.com, connect via Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTfastrak or Twitter @ctfastrak. Route timetables are available at www.cttransit.com under the "Schedules/CTfastrak" tab and the latest CTfastrak Rewards information is available at www.ctfastrak.com/rewards.

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