Learn me about the busway please. What am I missing?

Sep 6th, 2011 | By | Category: Transportation

I received an email from the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters this morning and another from Richard Stowe, the founder and director of Rail*Trains*Ecology*Cycling (RailTEC). I like what Richard Stowe says, which makes me question what CTLCV says about this proposed busway, which goes something like this:

This bus rapid transit system will be a critical piece of a 21st-Century transportation system that will connect rail service, cities, neighborhoods, universities, medical centers, and bike and pedestrian pathways throughout Greater Hartford.

It will quickly create 4,000 new jobs and stimulate economic development around the transit stations.  And importantly for the environmental community, the Busway will reduce the number of cars and reduce congestion on our highways leading to a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.  The busway will also encourage more efficient land use while decreasing sprawl.

CTLCV and the many other environmental groups that support the busway project will remain vigilant to make sure it is the greenest, most sustainable public transit project possible.

In a letter to DEEP Commissioner Esty, CTLCV says it identifies some environmental issues that need to be considered and monitored when discussing the proposed busway.

The letter is signed by a coalition of environmental groups, elected officials, business leaders and transportation planners.

They urge everyone to attend the Sept. 7 public hearing (details at left) or to submit written comments regarding the Busway to the DEEP Hearing Officer, Ms. Janice Deshais at janice.deshais@ct.gov.

For more information:

  • Click here (pdf) to view a powerpoint presentation about the busway project:
  • Or click here to download a two-page brochure in pdf format.
  • General information about the busway project is available at www.ctrapidtransit.com.
  • The application and related materials are available online at www.ct.gov/dep/busway.

Feedback, Questions, and News Tips 

We welcome your feedback, questions, and news tips.  Please email them to kirsten.griebel@ctlcv.org.

On Sept. 7 at 6:30 PM in Welte Auditorium on the CCSU campus, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will hold a public hearing on Connecticut’s first major public transit project in decades:  the New Britain-Hartford Busway.

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