Hartford Grant Offers Model for CT’s New Transit Stations

Jul 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Busway, New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Line, Transportation

Over the next four years, Connecticut will welcome two new transit systems, the CTfastrak bus rapid transit system connecting New Britain and Hartford (set to open in 2014), and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield commuter rail line (set to open in 2016). The new lines will run through many areas that currently lack public transit other than local buses. For both systems to succeed, it will be critical that the areas around stations are oriented around transit — with zoning for mixed-use development and quality pedestrian and bicycle routes that connect the stations and surrounding neighborhoods.

Hartford will use federal TIGER funds to integrate pedestrian and bike routes, local bus service, and new bus rapid transit and commuter rail services in the "Intermodal Triangle" near Union Station. (Click to read project narrative.) | Image: City of Hartford.

Hartford will use federal TIGER funds to integrate pedestrian and bike routes, local bus service, and new bus rapid transit and commuter rail services in the “Intermodal Triangle” near Union Station. (Click to read project narrative.) | Image: City of Hartford.

The City of Hartford’s efforts, which benefited from a federal TIGER grant awarded last month, offer a good model. The grant will fund complete street improvements, including bus lanes, bike lanes, and pedestrian safety improvements on streets near Hartford’s Union Station, where both new services will stop. The city will also realign local bus routes to improve transfers and expand pedestrian wayfinding. The grant application notes that city, regional, and state leaders “are committed to bringing as many as 4,000 additional [housing] units downtown with an emphasis on transit orientation.”

via Hartford Grant Offers Model for CT’s New Transit Stations | Mobilizing the Region.

ALSO:

State Rep. Sandy Nafis, D-Newington, says she won’t comment on the controversial CTfastrak busway project because her employer works on the project, a position that her GOP opponent in the 27th Assembly District race is calling “ridiculous.”

via Busway Becomes Issue In 27th House District Race – Courant.com.

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