DOT to launch CTfastrak transit system with 9 days of free service

NEWINGTON—The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today that CTfastrak bus rapid transit system will be offering free rides for all passengers during the initial nine days of service.

The free service, from March 28 to April 5, is available on all new CTfastrak green branded buses and on buses that use the bus-only roadway. Free service includes new CTfastrak circulator routes and the four new or expanded CTtransit express routes from Bristol, Cheshire, Southington and Waterbury.

Free transfers from CTfastrak to CTtransit routes are available upon request, but any travel beginning on an existing CTtransit route will require fare payment.

“We’re proud of what we’ve built and we’re inviting everyone to try us out,” DOT Commissioner James Redeker said in a DOT release. “Our goal is to get residents, workers, students, and people of all ages to start riding on Connecticut’s new bus rapid transit system. Enjoy the ride.”

Beginning on Saturday, March 28, the CTfastrak system will provide 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 will provide a one-seat, no-transfer ride to many major regional employment, shopping and healthcare destinations as well as connections to the New Haven Line-Waterbury branch rail in Waterbury and Amtrak service in Hartford.

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.

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