Scott Whipple | New Britain Herald

Kevin Bartram | Staff Work continues on the CTFastrak East Main Street Station on Wednesday. CTFastrak is a 9.4-mile bus rapid transit system connecting Hartford and New Britain and is scheduled to begin service next year.

NEW BRITAIN — More than 150 people got the opportunity Wednesday night to learn everything they’ve always wanted to know about CTFastrak but were not afraid to ask.

Connecticut’s bus rapid transit system is scheduled to begin operations in March 2015. Attendees at the Institute of Technology and Business Development grilled Michael Sanders, CTfastrak transit administrator, with more than 40 questions ranging from how many new bus drivers will be hired — more than 100 — to will there be lavatories at the bus stations — No. Few of the trips are long enough to merit rest rooms.

Formerly, CTfastrak was known as the New Britain-Hartford Busway. The project includes 10 stations in New Britain, Newington, West Hartford and Hartford with buses running every three to seven minutes during peak commuting hours. Traveling on a bus-only road, CTfastrak offers faster travel times for riders, providing service from Bristol, Waterbury, Southington, and Cheshire to destinations in the CTfastrak corridor. Most of the public was delighted at what they heard.  There has been talk of a shuttle service between local CTfastrak stations and East Side restaurant on Dwight Street. No surprise. East Side Restaurant owner Nick Augustino is all for the idea. Read more