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Patch's Poll: Are You In Favor of the New Britain-Hartford Busway Project?

A project to create a rapid busway line between the two cities is expected to cost over $500 million.

Construction on a new $550 million rapid transit bus line between New Britain and Hartford started this past summer.

The 9.4-mile long rapid bus route, dubbed “CTfastrak,” is meant to alleviate traffic on the highway between these two cities, and to encourage mass transit projects for the future. It's also expected to bring construction jobs to the area, as the project will take a few years to complete.

But the busway hasn’t been without controversy. Several lawmakers opposed it back in April, as reported by the Hartford Courant, and according to CTNewsJunkie.com there is a dispute over the fact that the project would close a street in Hartford.

And there are those who are upset about it cutting into their neighborhoods, like New Britain resident Rick Nelson who told WTNH it was a “waste of money and time.”

What are your thoughts on this bus project? Do you support it or do you think it’s a bad idea? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

tina bourke August 24, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I'll agree it is not a good idea, however, I think this governor is doing excellent overall. He was the first governor to open Sunday sales, and if you drink or not, I for one thought it was a barbaric old Blue Law. When we have people who vacation here at least they can benefit if they partake in spirits. He also got important school reform passed. At a risk for a democrat, he was willing to look at the union positions and scale back on BLOAT regarding benefits which we all fund, but we ourselves can't afford and some of us don't have even a fraction of, yet we worked very hard our most of our life! He is also switching over to more technological efficiencies and getting us slowly out of the dark ages. Technology will only streamline and not only make efficiencies but also save us money. He is implementing or rather may have already implemented GAAF accounting system for the state and this will make it more transparent. The tourism in Connecticut has increased due to his campaign, I read which is good for out state and economy. I could go on and on. He has not been complacent and is really working hard to get us.....
R Eleveld August 24, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Interesting... I stand by my original post. As for Tina, Explain how brilliant it is to bribe and JOBSMAIL a $170 Billion Dollar hedge fund[http://bigthink.com/users/raydalio] -- that is ~8X larger than the State budget -- that does not need state money and the cost of this largess will be paid by taxpayers that are the rank and file of state residents LIKE YOU. Consider also that Ray Dalio the principal at Bridgewater "made" $4B in 2011 [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/30/ray-dalio-bridgewater-founder_n_1390316.html] and I am not begrudging him his comp after all theoretically he paid CT $240MM+ in taxes, but really can I get some of this largesse? Sorry I forgot I can't write a big check to Malloy's campaign or anyone else due to regulations. Am I the only one that thinks this is nuts.... but according to some he is doing a great job.
R Eleveld August 24, 2012 at 09:37 PM
You are correct that many buses are not profitable, or do not cover the costs of operation. But to the "mass transit" idealists, they do not care about economic facts. We should look to fix I-84, and look at what improvements can be made to our existing infrastructure.
Catherine & Dennis August 24, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I'll agree with the last statement that Tina made...."he has not been complacent and is really working hard to get us"...I'll say! Dannel has got to go while we still have two nickels to rub together.
Malvi Lennon August 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM
All "Dannel" a/k/a "Dan" has done while in office is payback donors, supporters, and unions for getting him elected. Oh yeah he is also responsible for the largest tax increase in CT history, and he has weaken laws that protect the public. He is absolutley doing a fantastic job flushing Connecticut down the toilett.

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