HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Connecticut Department of Transportation has launched a search for a firm to provide a ticket vending machine for CTfastrak, the planned bus-only corridor being built between Hartford and New Britain.

Potential vendors have until Friday of next week to submit letters of intent to bid on the project. The deadline to submit full proposals is Jan. 31.

The Department of Transportation will then select a preferred proposer and begin negotiating a contract.

The rapid bus transit system is scheduled to begin operations in early 2015. The ticket vending machines will be installed in each CTfastrak station, allowing people to buy single-trip and single-day tickets.

The CTfastrak project includes 11 transit stations in New Britain, Newington, West Hartford and Hartford, with busses running every three-to-six minutes during peak commuting hours.

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