Latest CTfastrak Service Plan
Since the October 2013 draft of the CTfastrak 2015 Service Plan was released, the CTfastrak team has been at more than 50 outreach events to talk to existing and potential riders about the system. We heard requests for days and hours of service, new destinations, adjusted routing, more direct service (no transfer), and new stops. The service plan information here is still a work in progress, but is much closer to the service that will operate on opening day.
Route Names and Numbers
We’ve made changes to route numbering to differentiate among the eight CTtransit bus systems. Rather than having all the systems use letters, we’ve assigned a number series. This should help customers traveling between systems in New Britain, Meriden, New Haven, and Waterbury. The 500 series has been assigned to New Britain and Bristol. 900 has been assigned to the CTtransit express bus system. The 100 series has been assigned to CTfastrak routes.
The addition of a 9 to the express bus routes has already occurred. The change from letters to numbers in New Britain and Bristol is scheduled for December 8, 2014. Please click here to view a summary of the change.
CTfastrak Circulation in Downtown Hartford
CTfastrak routes do not end when they exit the bus-only roadway, they continue through downtown Hartford to provide service to many destinations. Click here to see the Downtown Hartford Routing & Bus Stops.
There are four types of routes:
The following summary of CTfastrak services is still a work in progress. A change or modification to one single route or another factor may affect multiple other routes. As a result, exact trip times and routing may still change. Certain routes, such as the 140 – CCSU Shuttlle, have not been scheduled yet. We are working with the university on specifics, so the span of service shown right now is not specific to that route. For a downloadable PDF file of the summary table click here
Changes to New Britain Service
As we continue to try and meet the service requests that have been received over the last year of outreach, here are some highlights for the New Britain system:
New Britain Local Service Summary
501 – Arch Street (formerly AR)
Route 501 – Arch Street/Meriden serves the Hospital of Central Connecticut, Mid-State Medical Center and Westfield Meriden. Before 6:30PM on weekdays and Saturdays, Route 501 buses also serve Grove Hill Medical Center on Clinic Dr. in New Britain. The 7:30AM trip from New Britain to Meriden also serves Slade School, upon request.
502 – Black Rock Avenue (formerly PB & PL)
Route 502 – Bristol operates between downtown New Britain and downtown Bristol via Black Rock Ave., Plainville Center & Forestville Center.
503 – Corbin Avenue (formerly C)
Route 503 – Tunxis Community College operates between downtown New Britain and Tunxis Community College via Corbin Ave., Connecticut Commons & Plainville Center.
505 – Burritt Street (formerly B)
Route 505 – Hospital for Special Care-Pinnacle Business Park operates between downtown New Britain and the Pinnacle Business Park. via Burritt St., the Hospital for Special Care & Malikowski Circle.
506 – Farmington Avenue (formerly F)
Route 506 – UConn Health Center operates between downtown New Britain and UConn Health Center via Farmington Ave. and the Batterson Park Rd. Park & Ride Lot.
507 – Oak Street (formerly O)
Route 507 – CCSU-Westfarms operates between downtown New Britain and Westfarms via Oak St., Eddy Glover Blvd., CCSU & Stanley St.
508 – Stanley Street (formerly S)
Route 508 – CCSU-Westfarms via Brittany Farms operates between downtown New Britain and Westfarms via Stanley St., CCSU & Brittany Farms. Some trips also serve Country Club Rd.
509 – East Street (formerly ES)
Route 509 – East St. operates from downtown New Britain to Dix Ave. & Fifth St., returning to downtown New Britain via Twin City Plaza, Chamberlain Elementary & Roosevelt Middle School. There are no variations of this route, however, the first trip on weekdays starts at Dix & Fifth and operates to downtown New Britain in reverse.
510 – South Street (formerly SS)
Route 510 – South St. operates from downtown New Britain to Halsey Rd. via Stanley & South Sts., returning to downtown New Britain via Rocky Hill, Kelsey, East & Ellis Sts.
512 – Berlin Turnpike (formerly BK & TPK)
Route 512 – Berlin Tpke. operates between downtown New Britain and Berlin Turnpike (Newington Walmart, Price Chopper, Stew Leonard’s) via Berlin Railroad Station and Webster Square in Kensington.
541 – Bristol Local (formerly BL)
Route 541 – Bristol Local operates local service within the City of Bristol. The west end of the route, 541W, serves Gaylord Towers and the east side of the route, 541E, serves Tunxis Community College via Farmington Ave. Alternating trips on Route 541E also serve Birchwood Manor, Bristol Senior Center and Bristol Hospital. On Saturdays, Route 541E is extended to Plainville Center and returns to downtown Bristol via Forestville Center.
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