Kathleen Schassler | West Hartford News

Courtesy CTfastrak The new CTfastrak 40ft. bus in front of the Capitol Building in Hartford, CT. www.ctfastrak.com ,www.cttransit.com — with Capitol Building, Hartford, CTand New 40ft. CTfastrak bus at Capitol Building Hartford,CT.Connecticut offers a variety of mass transit options for travelers, choices soon to multiply as the CTfastrak bus rapid transit system begins to take shape.

Slated to begin operations in March 2015, the 9.4 mile busway from New Britain to Hartford is about 70 to 75 percent complete, according to CTfastrak officials.

The department held a recent tour of the busway that features a 5-mile multi-use trail running along the New Britain to Newington section.

Officials hope CTfastrak will cut congestion on I-84 and connect communities along the route.

In West Hartford, an apartment complex with affordable and market-rate units is being built across from the Elmwood Station. Planning ahead for new development along the Elmwood Fastrak station, the town council passed an ordinance allowing for more residential development in areas zoned for industrial use. Officials hope the ordinance will encourage development around the Elmwood station, a area that is predominately an industrial zone within the town.

The new construction project in Elmwood, called The Goodwin, will be the first new property for the West Hartford Housing Authority in more than 30 years. It’s geared toward families but is not age restricted. It includes 15 workforce/affordable units and 32 market rate units. The project complies with the responsible growth and transit-oriented design standards, according to WHHA. The project is near the heart of Elmwood center, close to shopping, restaurants and CTfastrak and other transit options. Read more