After 18 years of study, debate, CTFastrak set to open on Saturday

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HARTFORD–The $567 million bus-only corridor is finally opening after 18 years of study, planning and construction.

Gov. Dan Malloy and state and federal transportation officials attended the ribbon cutting for CTFastrak in New Britain on Friday. The bus service is a 9.4-mile rapid transit bus system between Hartford and New Britain. It’s set to provide 16,000 rides a day, bringing commuters to universities, schools and shopping centers.

State officials say it will be a quick, reliable and environmentally-friendly alternative to cars using Interstate 84 and local roads.

Critics call it a boondoggle that’s taking money from more important transportation projects. The federal government is shouldering most of the cost, with about $112 million funded by the state.

Supporters say the bus-only corridor also will boost state’s economy by spurring commercial and residential growth along the route.

Click here for the bus route schedules and more info on CTFastrak.