At what point are we all going to wise up and ditch this idea for a New Britain-to-Hartford busway in favor of developing passenger rail? The $570 million busway project has divided politicians, business leaders and opinion shapers in remarkable ways.
Yes, we’ve already spent millions on the busway and it’s expected that a federal grant of $220 million for the project will come through soon but neither is a reason to keep after building a roadway we will be stuck with forever and most importantly, nobody will ride.
This is purely observational, anecdotal and without scientific backing, but as far as The Shad is concerned, no one rides a bus unless they have no other choice. A train is a different story. People will get out of their cars and onto a train, taking traffic off I-84—the main reason for mass transportation. Pursuing the busway is the epitome of throwing good money after bad.*******
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