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Accessibility and Bus Rapid Transit: CT Fastrak Case Study

Authors: Ryan Faulkner*, Central Connecticut State University
Topics: Transportation Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Transportation, Sustainability, Bus Rapid Transit, Accessibility, Mobility,
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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The CTFastrak is Connecticut’s first Bus Rapid Transit system opening in 2015, serving a highly populated portion of the Hartford Metropolitan area. The Fastrak has been a success in many ways but there has also been a lack of investment in built environment factors that would increase its use. Particularly the use of students, staff and faculty of Central Connecticut State University(CCSU) who could be serviced by the Fastrak but often choose to commute to and around campus by car instead. Currently, there are two Fastrak stops within a mile of CCSU but they are currently poorly linked to campus. My research seeks to demonstrate this lack of a seamless connection of the Fastrack network(busway and multi-use trail) to campus. My poster will demonstrate this research which includes analysis of GIS factors mainly from the EPA’s Smart Location Database.

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