CTfastrak will soon make travel for work, school, entertainment and shopping in central Connecticut dramatically faster and easier by offering riders the convenience of direct service to their destination without the need to transfer.
This One Seat Ride service plan will be possible through a new system of transit routes – including express commuter routes, as well as local, connector and circulator routes – to link key employers, neighborhoods and activity centers with the CTfastrak line.
The One Seat Ride service plan includes:
- New commuter express service routes to downtown Hartford from Waterbury and improved commuter express service from Cheshire and Southington. These routes will primarily serve long-distance commuters and will operate between the Waterbury Metro-North train station, park-and-ride lots along I-84, downtown New Britain and downtown Hartford. Commuter service will use I-84, Route 72 and the CTfastrak dedicated mainline for a fast ride to downtown New Britain and Hartford – and will loop through downtown Hartford, as well as Asylum Hill and Capitol Hill, to conveniently deliver commuters near their workplace.
- New local shuttle routes, which will operate along the CTfastrakmainline and also provide continuing direct service to major activity and employment centers away from the main route:
- A New Britain to Hartford shuttle will provide the primary service on the new CTfastrak line, with a 20-minute connection between the two downtown areas. This service will operate much like a light rail line, with frequent service from early morning until late at night, seven days a week. Once in Hartford, the shuttle will loop through downtown, making frequent stops to provide convenient, direct access to riders’ destinations.
- A Bristol to Hartford shuttle will also operate on the CTfastrak line, and continue beyond New Britain to downtown Bristol. This route will have the same frequency of service and hours of operation as the New Britain to Hartford shuttle, and together these routes will form the primary service along the CTfastrak line.
- Two new routes will provide direct service to Westfarms Mall, UConn Health Center, and CCSU from downtown Hartford and New Britain, using the CTfastrak line between the Elmwood Station and downtown Hartford.
Each of these new routes will allow riders the speed of using a new, dedicated roadway for transit service, combined with the convenience of direct service to their destinations.
Additionally, several new connector and circulator routes will connect to CTfastrak, providing an easy transfer to link riders from their neighborhoods to major destinations throughout the region.
- A CCSU Connector shuttle will loop through Central Connecticut State University and use CTfastrak between stations at Cedar and East Street. This shuttle will be in addition to the new direct service between CCSU and downtown Hartford and New Britain via CTfastrak.
- The Hospitals-Capitol Connector will shuttle employees, patients and visitors from the CTfastrak Sigourney Street station to St. Francis and Hartford Hospitals, and will also provide convenient shuttle service to the Capitol Hill and Asylum Hill areas.
- The West Hartford-Bishops Corner Connector will link Flatbush Station with West Hartford Center and Bishop’s Corner and provide a new north-south route to the west of downtown Hartford, which is currently not available in the transit system.
- The Newington Circulator will connect with the downtown New Britain, Newington Junction and Cedar Street CTfastrak stations, and circulate throughout Newington to provide access to local shopping, recreation, medical facilities and other activities.