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Connecticut officials making progress on New Britain Busway

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NEW BRITIAN, CT (WFSB) -

Officials involved with the Connecticut Fast Track project told Eyewitness News that the eco-friendly, inexpensive New Britain to Hartford busway is on schedule to be completed on time in two years.

The busway itself is being constructed on an abandoned railroad corridor near Interstate 84, which will connect the two cities and have 11 stations. Several lanes of traffic are closed along roads near the route as construction continues.

"In just a brief six or seven months, 30 percent is now finished," said Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Redeker at a public meeting Wednesday and went on to say "we still have work to be done but the progress is extraordinary."

The idea is for people to use mass transit so traffic on highways will decrease. Redeker said business owners have expressed interest in the bus stop areas.

"It's a center of activity that actually generates desire to have businesses, residences and a walkable community around that station as a focal point," he said.

While businesses are looking to grow, commuters are looking to save especially with a one-way bus ticket expected to cost $1.30.

"With the cost of gasoline at $4 a gallon, it really expensive for consumers to drive around the state," said Richard Chang.

The busway is expected to carry 16,000 riders per day

Construction is expected to be completed in 2014 and the busway is expected to open in 2015.

"The goal really isn't about construction," Redeker said. "The goal is about a service that really is part of a community that people use."

The website for the busway, which will include ticketing, weekly construction updates and local events, is under construction. More information should be available in the next month

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