CTtransit is the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT)-owned bus service.

Service Types


Local bus routes make frequent stops, typically every 2 to 3 blocks, linking neighborhoods with urban centers and providing connections within and between communities.  Although individual trips on some local buses operated in a limited- or skip-stop fashion, local bus routes primarily serve city streets and may also operate into malls, hospitals or shopping centers.


Flyer bus routes are local routes that provide limited-stop service at all times, often by using highways, HOV lanes or busways for part of their route.  Flyer bus routes offer somewhat faster service than their local counterparts for at no additional charge.

Bus Rapid Transit

CTfastrak bus routes are local routes that provide limited-stop service and operate primarily on HOV lanes or busways.  Bus Rapid Transit routes offer significantly faster service than local routes and feature off-board fare collection (customers pre-pay their fare before boarding the bus at stations).


Express bus routes are long-distance services that link cities or connect suburbs with regional urban centers.  Express bus routes make very few stops and operate non-stop over long distances.  As a result, express bus routes charge distance-based fares.


Connector bus routes offer peak-hour weekday bus service connecting rail stations to central business areas. Buses are timed to meet certain CT Rail New Haven Line operated by Metro-North, CTrail Shore Line East and Amtrak trains at the station.  Connector bus routes hold for connecting trains to allow customers to make more reliable connections to nearby destinations that are not within walking distance of the train station.


Shuttle bus routes are short-distance services, usually operating in the downtown area, designed to bring customers closer to their destination.  Shuttle bus routes operate free of charge, without the hassle of having to obtain a paper transfer or re-swipe their bus pass.

Connecticut Receives $38.9 Million Grant from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to Upgrade CT fastrak to All-Electric Fleet

Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto (second from the left), Governor Ned Lamont (center), and the Federal Transit Administration’s Peter Butler (farthest right) present the milestone award grant.

CT transit is excited to share that Governor Ned Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) recently announced a $38.9 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant to help convert our CT fastrak to an all-electric bus fleet.

“This significant investment showcases our commitment to sustainable transportation and underscores our dedication to fostering skilled professionals for the future,” said Thomas E. Stringer Jr., General Manager. We look forward to this initiative’s positive impact on our community, environment, and local economy. Thank you to the FTA and the CTDOT for their continued support.”

L to R: Peter Butler, FTA Region 1 Administrator, and Thomas E. Stringer Jr, CT transit General Manager.

This significant grant, awarded through the FTA's Low or No Emission Grant Program, will facilitate the purchase or lease of zero-emission transit buses and the necessary facility upgrades.

CT transit will use these funds to acquire 46 battery-electric buses and install 29 chargers for the fastrak bus rapid transit service. The grant will also cover the cost of installing 25 depot chargers at the Hartford facility, four on-route chargers at the CT fastrak New Britain Station, and the required electrical infrastructure. This initiative is backed by over $17 million in matching state funds and $30 million from federal formula funds.

This milestone represents a monumental leap towards Governor Lamont's objective of transitioning the entire statewide public transportation bus fleet from diesel to zero-emission models by 2035. It's a testament to our collective commitment and the potential for a greener future.

Governor Lamont.

“The new battery-electric buses and chargers will help us meet the growing demand for reliable, efficient, and environmentally friendly transit options, and will greatly benefit the thousands of residents and commuters who rely on CT fastrak services every day,” said Governor Lamont. “Thank you to the Biden-Harris administration for continuing to invest in green technology that will modernize Connecticut’s public transit system and spur new economic opportunities across the state.”

Around $5.6 billion in funding has been allocated through President Joe Biden’s recently enacted Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to support the replacement of thousands of public transit vehicles nationwide.


Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto addresses the media.

“Investing in electric buses for the CT fastrak fleet is a forward-thinking move that highlights Connecticut’s dedication to sustainability and innovation,” said Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto.

CT fastrak was recently recognized as the best bus rapid transit system in the United States by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.

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