CTfastrak is Connecticut's new bus rapid transit system.
CTfastrak isnít just a
road for buses. It is a system of routes that uses the bus-only roadway
for all or a portion of the trip. It is overlaid on the existing
CTtransit bus system. CTfastrak buses are able to exit the bus-only
road at certain locations to deliver people directly to their destination.
When buses get to
Hartford, they donít stop at Union Station and turn around. Some routes exit at
Sigourney Street Station and circulate along Sigourney, Farmington, Asylum, and
around downtown. Other routes exit at Union station and do a smaller loop
through the downtown area. One of the routes exits at Sigourney and turns
towards Capitol Avenue first, then up Main street and across to East Hartford
CTfastrak began operations on March 28, 2015. To promote the new service and encourage trial use, no fare was charged for the first nine days of service.
CTfastrak was designed as a "proof of payment" system which includes all-door boarding at stations to reduce dwell times and improve operational efficiency. Vehicles used in CTfastrak service include state of the art Automatic Passenger Counting (APC) technology to accurately measure passenger boarding and alighting.
Ridership figures for April, 2015 should not be used in trend analysis due to the free trial period and some start-up issues surrounding the calibration of the automatic passenger counters.
CTfastrak was designed to work in conjunction with existing CTtransit local and express routes to improve mobility of people through the corridor south and west of Hartford. To gain a better picture of overall mobility, ridership is reported for both the CTfastrak and pre-existing "baseline" CTtransit routes in the corridor.
CTfastrak Ridership | May 2015
|Total CTfastrak Local (100-series) Passenger Trips || 182,894|
|Total CTfastrak Express (900-series) Passenger Trips || 13,266|
|Total Baseline (31/33, 37/39, 41, 69) Local Routes|| 161,453|
|Total Corridor Passenger Trips || 357,613|
| || |
|Average Weekday CTfastrak Local Passenger Trips || 6,960 |
|Average Weekday CTfastrak Express Passenger Trips || 615|
|Average Weekday Baseline Local Routes || 6,624 |
|Average Weekday Total Corridor Passenger Trips|| 14,200 |
| || |
|Average Saturday CTfastrak Local Passenger Trips || 5,445 |
|Average Saturday CTfastrak Express Passenger Trips || 107 |
|Average Saturday Baseline Local Routes || 4,085 |
|Average Saturday Total Corridor Passenger Trips || 9,638 |
| || |
|Average Sunday/Holiday CTfastrak Local Passenger Trips || 2,849 |
|Average Sunday/Holiday CTfastrak Express Passenger Trips || 71|
|Average Sunday/Holiday Baseline Local Routes || 1,173|
|Average Sunday/Holiday Total Corridor Passenger Trips || 4,093|