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Hartford does not have one major mode of public transportation like the T in Boston but there are a variety of public transportation options for getting in and out of the city and for getting around the entire Greater Hartford area including Hartford.
CTTransit: CT Transit is the Connecticut Department of Transporation owned bus system that serves the Greater Hartford Area, Greater New Haven Area Greater Stamford Area, Greater Waterbury Area, New Britan/ Bristol Area and the Meriden/ Wallingford Area. In Hartford there are 30+ local bus routes and 12 express route that serve 26 towns in the Greater Hartford Area. There are also availible connections with Middletown Transit (Middletown, CT- 20 minutes south of Downtown Hartford) and CTTransit New Britan (New Britan, CT- 10 minutes southwest of Downtown Hartford). Along the bus route there are usually stops every 1-2 blocks and in Hartford there are usually signs marking the stops
Hartford Area CT Transit Routes Include: Asylum Avenue/Hillside Avenue, Silver Lane in East Hartford, Farmington Avenue/ West Hartford Center in West Hartford, Farmington Avenue/ Bishops Corner in West Hartford, Farmington Avenue/ Westfarms Mall in Farmington and West Hartford, Broad Street in Hartford, Brainard Road in Hartford, Park Avenue in South Windsor, Barbour Street/ North Main Street/ Park Street in Hartford, Tower Avenue in Hartford, Campfield Avenue in Hartford, Vine Street/ New Britan Avenue in Hartford, Granby Street/ Garden Street in Hartford, Franklin Avenue in Hartford, Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford, Albany Avenue in Hartford, Capital Avenue/ Weston Street in Hartford, Burnside Avenue in Hartford, Tolland Turnpike in Manchester, Bradley Flyover (Bradley International Airport), Berlin Turnpike Area, Day Hill Road in Windsor, Buckland Flyer (Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Shoppes at Evergreen Walk) in Manchester, Glastonbury Area, New Britan Area, Farmington Avenue/ UCONN Medical Center/ Unionville in Farmington . Note: Not all buses operate on nights and weekends or sundays.
Commuter Express Routes: There are 12 Commuter Express Routes in Greater Hartford that run during peak hours between suburban park & ride lots and downtown Hartford.
Commuter Express Routes Include: Avon-Canton Area, Corbins Corner Area in West Hartford, Glastonbury Area, Buckland Hills (Manchester) Area, Enfield/ Windsor Locks Area, Cromwell Area, Windsor Area, Marlborough/ Colchester Area, Simsbury-Granby Area, Century Hills (Rocky Hill), Unionville (Farmington) Area, and Newington Area
Link to CTTransit Home Page (Includes Maps, Routes, Times, Information): http://www.cttransit.com/index.asp
Star Shuttle: The Star Shuttle is a free downtown Hartford circulator shuttle that stops at major downtown attractions and hotels. Starting August 20, the Star Shuttle, CTTRANSIT's free circulator bus in downtown Hartford, will operate enhanced service during major events.
Regular Star Shuttle service will continue to operate every weekday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., departing every 15 minutes from the Connecticut Convention Center. During major downtown events, enhancements may include later evening service on weekdays, as well as service on Saturdays and Sundays. The specific services planned for each major event will be posted on the CTTRANSIT website, www.cttransit.com. The shuttle conncects the Riverfront, Convention Center/ Marriott Hotel with the downtown attractions, hotels and restaurants.
Link to map of Star Shuttle Route: click
The 30-Bradley Flyer route provides semi-express bus service to Bradley International Airport for a low local bus fare (the one-way fare is $1.30). The Bradley Flyer provides direct service to the Connecticut Convention Center and Union Station in Hartford.
The trips operate approximately hourly between downtown Hartford and all the terminals at the airport, seven days a week.
Passengers are responsible for their luggage, if any. The semi-express, limited-stop trip between downtown and the airport only takes about 30 minutes.
Please note: All buses stop on the outer roadway at Terminals A, B & Int’l Arrivals. Please be sure you are at the bus stop five (5) minutes before your bus is due.
Plans for the Future: There are plans to to creater a New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Commuter Rail Service that would include stations in the communties that run along the CT River/ I-91 as well as in New Haven, Hartford and Springifield. This would add a stronger connection between New Haven and Hartford which in turn would add a stronger connection between Hartford and the New York City area as Metro North trains run 24 hours a day between New Haven and Grand Central Station in Manhattan