Kane Street: A CTfastrak Station in the Making

Kane Street Busway Stop

This is the current status of the Kane Street stop of the CTfastrak transit system that is under construction between Hartford and New Britain. Enough work has been completed to imagine what this station will be and how it will work.

This stop will be a quick pull-off for the buses covering non-express routes, meaning they stop at each station. The shelter in the left foreground is for passengers on their way towards New Britain, while the shelter in the center of the image is for those waiting for the bus to Hartford. The current route map shows that the Kane Street station will also allow passengers to board buses headed towards the UConn Health Center and Westfarms Mall.

I’m very interested to see what becomes of the area around the Kane Street stop. It’s an area I visit regularly, since I do my grocery shopping in the building visible on the left edge of the photo. There are industrial ruins visible on the other side of the tracks (the steel structure). Looking in the other direction along the CTfastrak route there is a considerable amount of vacant land that extends under Interstate 84 all the way up to the 17 screen movie theater.

Of all the Hartford CTfastrak stops, this one seems like it holds the most potential for transit-oriented development. There are large underutilized parcels that are within walking distance of the station, that have excellent highway access and that are very near to an established grocery store.


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