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Ground Broken For New Britain-Hartford Busway

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Officials ceremonially break ground at the future site of the Parkville station of a busway slated to run between Hartford and New Britain. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Officials ceremonially break ground at the future site of the Parkville station of a busway slated to run between Hartford and New Britain. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ After years of planning, state officials have broken ground on a rebranded half-billion-dollar Hartford-to-New Britain bus-only corridor.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other officials participated in a brief ceremony Tuesday at the site of a future station in Hartford. After 16 years of planning, Malloy said it’s “high time” the state started the 9.4-mile project.

Once called the busway, it’s now called CTfastrak to describe fast transportation free of traffic, similar to rail travel combined with the flexibility and direct service of a bus.

Connecticut is spending $112 million as its share of the $567 million project. Critics say it’s too costly and will fall short of ridership projections.

Supporters say the service, which is expected to begin in late 2014, will cut down on vehicle emissions and spur business development.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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