With more contractors and subcontractors onboard and the warmer weather here, CTfastrak managers are now speeding ahead on finishing construction, installing a hi-tech ticket system and training new drivers.

Two years ago, Department of Transportation engineers, contractors and subcontractors were breaking ground with only a vision of the CTfastrak busway. Today, with nearly 60 percent of the construction work completed, CTfastrak transit stations with their green-colored canopies are visible. Parts of the future CTfastrak five-mile, multiuse trail are already being used by pet walkers and others, and the basics of the bus-only route from New Britain to Hartford could be completed as early as October.

“We’re primarily done with the underground work,” said Richard Symonds, DOT project manager. “Over the next month, you’re going to see concrete work where sidewalks will be installed around the station. It will probably be early to midsummer before we start paving. You’ll also see landscaping being installed around the station.” {….}