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Officials to break ground on Hartford-New Britain bus corridor project
WFSB ^

Posted on 05/22/2012 1:12:17 PM PDT by matt04

After years of planning, state officials are scheduled to break ground on a rebranded, half billion-dollar Hartford-to-New Britain bus-only corridor, the only one in Connecticut.

Once known as the busway, the 9.4-mile route has been rebranded and is now called CTfastrak. Judd Everhart, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said busway was never the official name of the project, but was used as short hand.

Everhart said the name CTfastrak describes a new type of public transit, combining fast transportation free of traffic similar to rail travel with the flexibility and direct service of a bus.

The state is expected to pay $112 million for its share of the $567 million price tag.

Critics said it's too costly and felt ridership will fall short of projections.

(Excerpt) Read more at wfsb.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: busway; hartford; malloy; newbritain
How long before they realize the busway, er, CTfastrak is primarily being used to transport drugs between cities?
1 posted on 05/22/2012 1:12:29 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

They should have named it the “CDmoneygointothepocketsofDemocrats”.


2 posted on 05/22/2012 1:14:56 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: matt04

9 miles.

9 flippin’ miles?!?!

jeeez....


3 posted on 05/22/2012 1:15:14 PM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: 98ZJ USMC

Buses and FAST don’t mix


4 posted on 05/22/2012 1:17:35 PM PDT by molson209
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To: matt04

Half a BILLION for a bus corridor? Stupid.

Its clear that the cost of Gov’t is out of control.

In 2012 dollars, using the US Govt inflation calculator - building the entire Hoover Dam cost slightly more than half a billion dollars.

Now that amount only buys you a 9 mile road in Connecticut.


5 posted on 05/22/2012 1:19:14 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: matt04

These stories with their breathless hype and oceans of euphemisms read like satire - or North Korean or East German newspapers.


6 posted on 05/22/2012 1:19:54 PM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: 98ZJ USMC
$60.3 MILLION per mile.

No wonder I can't get my street paved...

7 posted on 05/22/2012 1:20:04 PM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: matt04

These stories with their breathless hype and oceans of euphemisms read like satire - or North Korean or East German newspapers.


8 posted on 05/22/2012 1:20:17 PM PDT by relictele (We are officially OUT of other people's money!)
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To: matt04

How many buses do we need to carry people who don’t work to places where there aren’t any jobs?


9 posted on 05/22/2012 1:20:38 PM PDT by mcswan
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To: matt04

Why am I reminded of the old SNL skit with “Chaz the spaz” and “Dial a toast” at the school science fair?


10 posted on 05/22/2012 1:24:52 PM PDT by oncebitten (Obama: A Big Ole Hunk of Nothing on Two Thick Slices of Nada.)
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To: mcswan

Half a billion dollars worth, apparently.


11 posted on 05/22/2012 1:33:07 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Ol' Sox

Yup, all for a road that will only allow buses on it. At least police and other emergency services could probably use it, but that won’t pay for its upkeep, never mind the initial costs. Then there is winter cleanup . . .


12 posted on 05/22/2012 1:33:55 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: matt04

The ground breaking should actually be considered a crime scene. Connecticut taxpayers are being robbed so a few people can ride buses alongside minor-league rush hour traffic. Despicable.


13 posted on 05/22/2012 2:00:26 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: BillyBonebrake

I should have just said “taxpayers” since only $112M is coming from the Nutmeggers.


14 posted on 05/22/2012 2:30:10 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: Olog-hai

Let’s take a look at it from a couple of perspectives, since it seems to be a done deal.

First, from a ridership perspective. Sounds like it was designed to address a commutation issue. So, let’s say three hours morning primetime and three hours evening primetime, serving essentially the same group of commuters. The buses run every “three to six minutes” according to the DOT. Figure, what, 50 people per bus? Let’s say 75 just to be sure. 180 primetime minutes, divided by one-bus-every-3-minutes is a total of 60 bus runs during primetime. Times 75 people per run. That’s a total possible primetime ridership, one way, of 4500 people. Those same individuals will be coming home at night, so we’ll double it to 9000 primetime per day. Add another, what, 2000?, non primetime riders and we get 11,000 riders each day. 11,000 into $500 MILLION gives us an expenditure of $45,454 per rider. Hmmmm.

We could also look at the jobs created. The CTDOT website indicates that the project will be completed by 2014, so the construction jobs created would last a total of 2 years. Other jobs, like maintenance of buses and drivers will continue, but won’t be counted in the $500 MILLION. Gov. Malloy indicates the creation of 4100 jobs due to the project. Figure 1/3 of the project expenditures are materials, and profits at 10%. That leaves us 57% of $500mm, or $285 MILLION for “jobs”. $285,000,000/4100/2 years = avg $34,750 per job per year. Whoops! Forgot things like Insurance and Taxes and Union Dues...looks like those 4100 “jobs” are going to pay a lot less than that.

This is absurd. The bridges and roads that serve the other 3.5 MILLION citizens of the state are falling apart, and we would ALL benefit a lot more that the few who ride the bus between New Britain and Hartford...


15 posted on 05/22/2012 2:33:36 PM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: matt04
man, fast-track (no pun) this "corridor" between these two important cities!
16 posted on 05/22/2012 2:35:01 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: Ol' Sox

They only broke ground, so don’t say “done deal” just yet. People thought that the “Access To The Region’s Core” rail tunnels from New Jersey to New York, including the new six-track deep-level station, were also a “done deal”, and there was even a groundbreaking ceremony for the project—right up to the point when Chris Christie canceled it.


17 posted on 05/22/2012 2:36:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: mcswan
It's to enable the drug runners easier access from N. Britski to Hartford. A payoff to the Unions from the DemocRATSfor their support.
18 posted on 05/22/2012 3:31:56 PM PDT by ABN 505
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To: matt04

Could have been worse. Could have been high speed rail.


19 posted on 05/22/2012 3:35:24 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: mcswan
How many buses do we need to carry people who don’t work to places where there aren’t any jobs?

More and more.

Buses are certainly a wiser alternative to high-speed rail but a dedicated corridor such as this is typical government overkill and a testament to politicians' never-ending desire to leave a "legacy."

20 posted on 05/22/2012 3:43:57 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: matt04
Officials to break ground on Hartford-New Britain bus corridor project

Connecticut should spend the money on a commuter rail from Waterbury to Hartford to Willimantic. A few years ago the Pequots (of which Liz Warren is not a member of) and the Mohegans (Again, Liz Warren is not a member) wanted (with the P& W Railroad) to rebuild the Midland Route (the old New Haven Hartford to Providence, RI route) to Willimantic. The Busway is a stupid idea. Commuter rail is a better idea.

21 posted on 05/22/2012 4:33:34 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: chuckee
Could have been worse. Could have been high speed rail.

Commuter Rail to Waterbury would be better. High Speed rail will be the New Haven - Hartford - Springfield (MA) - Brattleboro (VT) rail corridor!!

22 posted on 05/22/2012 4:37:51 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: matt04

Just think of all the illegal aliens who will be able to find work building this! The folks in New Bri’innn can’t do the work, they’re too stoopit. “I seen ‘em”. And Hartford is full of crackhead blacks, so nobody wants to go there.


23 posted on 05/22/2012 4:45:57 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (When we cease to be good we'll cease to be great. Be for Goode.)
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