NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) – Federal transportation officials have officially committed $275 million for the 9.4-mile busway from New Britain to Hartford.
Monday’s ceremony at Central Connecticut State University marked the culmination of more than 13 years of effort by state and federal transit advocates.
The project, which will ultimately cost $567 million, is projected to provide bus service every five minutes or less, to 16,000 passengers a day starting in 2014. Connecticut’s share is $112 million, a figure that’s drawn criticism from opponents who claim the project is too costly.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the busway is key to creating jobs, reducing traffic congestion, and jumpstarting the economy.
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