ACEC 2016 National Recognition Award Winner:
Firm Name: Michael Baker International, Inc.
Project Name: CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit System
Project Location: Hartford-West Hartford-Newington-New Britain, Connecticut
Client Name: Connecticut Department of Transportation
CTfastrak is the region’s first dedicated mass transit system in more than 50 years. Carrying more than 16,500 riders each weekday, the system centers around an exclusive 9.4-mile guideway dedicated to the BRT system that links central Connecticut communities. It reduces traffic congestion and shortens commute times for commuters in Hartford, West Hartford, Newington and New Britain, CT.
Completed in March 2015, the system provides convenient travel to many major regional employment, education, shopping and healthcare destinations, as well as connections to railway service in Hartford. The development also includes a new 4.5 mile multi-use trail, which runs parallel to the bus-only roadway.
This project is one of 151 being recognized by ACEC from throughout the nation and the world as preeminent 2016 engineering achievements. All 2016 winners—including 16 Honor Awards, eight Grand Awards and the prestigious “Grand Conceptor Award” for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement—will be celebrated at the upcoming Engineering Excellence Awards Dinner and Gala, a black-tie event to be held Tuesday, April 19, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., as part of the 2016 ACEC Annual Convention.