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(03/28/16) One Year After CTfastrak's Launch, Ridership Surpassing Goals

Gov. Malloy: One Year After CTfastrak's Launch, Ridership Surpassing Goals 

New Bus Rapid Transit System Provided More Than Three Million Passenger Trips -

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, along with other state and local officials, today marked the first anniversary of operations for CTfastrak, the state’s first Bus Rapid Transit system. Over the last year,the CTfastrak system surpassed its first year ridership goal of 11,180 daily passenger trips and has doubled the daily ridership in the corridor. As of March 2016, CTfastrak riders have made over 3million trips using the system.

 “This is a system that is no doubt helping local economies and one that is no doubt going to help us grow,” said Governor Malloy. “Year One was a clear success as ridership soared. But we must continue to look forward – not backward – and to view this project as just the beginning. Our goal must be to build upon our successes, help facilitate transit oriented development projects, and make this system all it can be as we develop other projects that help make Connecticut’s transportation systems best-in-class.”

"As most CTfastrak riders have found, using the CTfastrak system is very easy and relaxing -- especially with the free Wi-Fi onboard. The transit system smartly integrates technology with transportation to provide on-the-go trip planning and real-time bus location information using Transit App or Google Transit. In fact, tech innovations will continue with a new fare collection system, including fare payment by smartcards and mobile phones in the coming year," Lt. Governor Wyman said.

"By creating new access to employment opportunities, healthcare, education and shopping, while decreasing travel time for the public, CTfastrak has delivered on its promise to provide a fast and very affordable transit system, seven days a week and up to 21 hours a day," CTDOT Commissioner James Redeker said. The Commissioner also issued a First Year Report on CTfastrak.

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. A new 4.5 mile multi-use trail was built parallel to the CTfastrak bus-only roadway from New Britain to Newington Junction. A recently launched benefits program that offers riders discounts or bonuses at area businesses called CTfastrak Rewards is also available.

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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