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A part of Connecticut's first bus rapid transit line, the CTfastrak Trail serves as recreational and multi-use path for walking and bicycling between Downtown New Britain and Newington Junction. The paved trail is 10 feet wide and separated from the roadway by a fence. The central feature of this project is a guideway exclusively for buses as well as the trail providing access to the bus stations and surrounding neighborhoods. Due to an underpass being too narrow to accomodate both the roadway and trail, a small portion travels along East Street in New Britain, rejoining at East Street Station. Plan are in place to extend the existing path from Newington Junction to Hartford along alternate routes. The trail is open from dawn to dusk with no motorized vehicales allowed. All CTtransit and CTfastrak buses are equipped to carry single seat, two-wheeled bikes.
Designated parking for trail users is available near the midpoint of the trail, in New Britain at the corner of East and Allen streets. Take CT Route 9 northbound to exit 29, left at end of ramp, follow Rt. 175 (East St.) 0.8 mile to the corner of Allen St.; or Route 9 southbound to exit 29, left at end of ramp, next right on Fenn Rd., follow 0.4 mile then right on Rt. 175 (East St.) 0.8 mile to the corner of Allen St. Limited parking is available at some stations; consult the CTfastrak website.
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