Erica Schmitt | Newington Town Crier


The McLean station of Metro's Silver Line on June 23 in McLean, Virginia.If the turnout at the town’s CTfastrak open house Monday night was any indication, Newington residents are anxious for the busway to open this coming March.

The state Department of Transportation is hosting 10 different open houses at locations across central Connecticut this month through January.

People flooded Newington High School for Monday’s event to learn more about bus routes and planning specific trips.

“It’s a really good crowd tonight; it seems like there’s a lot of interest,” said Sara Radasci, a DOT transportation planner.

“I think people are just trying to figure out which route goes where,” added Radasci, who spent the evening passing out pamphlets outlining each route and its scheduled stop times by day of the week.

The CTfastrak webpage,, will soon feature a trip planner for people to use. They will be able to search for the best route by their desired starting and ending locations.

“I work part-time for the Salvation Army on the Berlin Turnpike, and we’re looking to get a bus stop there,” said Gary Bolles, a town resident who attended Monday’s event. Read more