HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut transportation officials have told state legislators that a $567 million bus-only corridor between Hartford and New Britain is on budget and on time.

However, Transportation Commissioner James Redeker fielded skeptical questions from members of the Transportation Committee on Wednesday as he pitched Connecticut’s first bus-only mass transit project. It’s set to open next year.

Rep. Steve Mikutel (mike-eh-TELL’) told Redeker that transportation officials must communicate that the project, known as CT Fastrak, is a “game-changer.” He said the public perception of buses is not that positive.

Sen. Toni Boucher cited the numerous recent troubles on the Metro-North Railroad and asked Redeker what plans are being made to serve passengers if buses break down. Transportation officials told her other buses will be available to quickly transfer passengers off broken vehicles.

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