Critics of the proposed $573 million busway between Hartford and New Britain have launched a media campaign to derail the plan.
The campaign, which includes advertising and a social networking effort, is sponsored by the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce along with National Corridors, the Sierra Club of Connecticut and Rails*Trains*Ecology*Cycling,
“What better time than election season?” said Mike Nicastro, who heads the chamber.
The group is urging state leaders to hit the brakes on plans to construct a dedicated 9-mile road that would serve only buses. It says the scheme is too costly and the route would strangle commuter rail in the region by snatching the old rail right of way from New Britain to Newington.
The state Department of Transportation backs the busway, it says, because it is the best way to reduce growing congestion in Interstate 84. The busway also offers development opportunities along its route, supporters say. Click here for the full story.
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