Posts Tagged ‘ transit ’

Connecticut Wins $22.6 Million For Freight Rail, Riverfront Work

Sep 11th, 2014 | By

Connecticut on Tuesday landed nearly $23 million in federal grants that advocates say will help transform Waterbury’s riverfront and dramatically improve a key freight rail line from New London to Massachusetts. About $14.4 million of the money will go toward Waterbury’s waterfront renaissance and transit center project, which Mayor Neil O’Leary has said could be

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Transit funding a political battle in Connecticut

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

A broken railroad bridge in Connecticut that snarled the commutes for hundreds of thousands twice in eight days recently has become the latest flashpoint in a political fight over transportation funding. The practice by lawmakers and previous governors to use the transportation fund — and other dedicated funds such as those for energy conservation and

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Conn. transit officials say $567 million bus-only corridor on budget, on time for 2015 open

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

Connecticut transportation officials have told state legislators that a $567 million bus-only corridor between Hartford and New Britain is on budget and on time. For more on this story, visit: Conn. transit officials say $567 million bus-only corridor on budget, on time for 2015 open (2/19/14 12:57 pm).

Advocates Call for ‘Parity’ in Commuter Tax Benefit

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

Saying a new tax structure is hitting commuters in the pocketbooks, advocates from the tri-state area—including the Fairfield County Business Council and Federated Conservationists of Westchester—are calling for Congress to restore what they call “parity in the commuter tax benefit.” For more on this story, visit: Advocates Call for ‘Parity’ in Commuter Tax Benefit –

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CT Post Editorial: A mixed bag of transit plans

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

Last week, the State Bond Commission took a step in the right direction, approving $537 million in transportation projects. Included on the list are repairs for 40 bridges, repaving of hundreds of miles of highways and funding for numerous other, smaller projects. This work is essential. Connecticut has more than its share of overdue repairs,

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Panel Hears How Mass Transit

Oct 19th, 2012 | By

This fall, the commission heard proposals from commuters, business groups and planning agencies in Bridgeport, Storrs and Winsted, and held its last hearing of the year at Windsor’s town hall. Commission members will submit a report to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state legislature summarizing the state of Connecticut’s public transit systems and offering

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The New Green: Outdated transit system

Oct 5th, 2012 | By

Automobile transportation may be public enemy number one when it comes to environmental degradation. Its harmful effects are blatantly noticeable – the unpleasant, never-ending noise of traffic, the pools of oil and piles of litter that gather in our roadways and parking lots, the urban sprawl created by our freeways, and of course, the poisoning

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Severe weather’s effects on infrastructure worry public transit agencies

Oct 4th, 2012 | By

As public transit ridership hits all-time highs, agencies are worried about the effects of erratic weather patterns and the increasing number of extreme weather events on an aging transit infrastructure. The nasty system of storms that ripped through Connecticut two weeks ago is a perfect example. Metro-North trains on the New Haven Line began sliding

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Suggestions for mass transit improvements

Sep 12th, 2012 | By

The Connecticut Public Transportation Commission is holding the first of four fall public hearings tonight in Bridgeport. For more on this story, visit: Suggestions for mass transit improvements | WTNH.

Judge’s ruling could affect millions of public transit users

Aug 28th, 2012 | By

Transportation is heavily financed by public money in the form of subsidies or direct taxes. But those sources are never a certainty — illustrated by a New York judge’s ruling last week that could end the state’s payroll mobility tax. The tax, and four other related fees that the judge also deemed unconstitutional, contribute nearly

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$2 million in funding for the Greater Hartford Transit District

Jul 25th, 2012 | By

Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman, Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. John B. Larson announced $2 million in federal funding for the Greater Hartford Transit District. Awarded through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Bus Livability Program the funding will be used to implement pedestrian safety improvements as part of the Sigourney Street Connectivity Improvements Project at the

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Hartford Grant Offers Model for CT’s New Transit Stations

Jul 7th, 2012 | By

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. Mobilizing the Region reports.

ABC’s of parking: cash-out, market-pricing & valet

Jun 9th, 2012 | By

After graduating from Stanford University, Patrick Siegman worked at the University’s Office of Transportation Programs. One of his duties was to organize “bicycle valet parking” at Stanford University football games. Valet parking for bicycles is free; volunteers watch your bike while you enjoy an event. I experienced the benefits of bicycle valet parking a few years ago, when I bicycled to the Clearwater Festival in Croton Point Park. In New Canaan, the Memorial Day Parade, St. Mark’s May Fair and other car-choked events would do well by providing bicycle valet parking. Click on this environmental headline to read more of the story Richard Stowe submitted.

Transportation is CT’s largest green jobs employer

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

The transportation and warehousing industry is Connecticut’s largest employer of green jobs, but the state is helping construction and energy catch up. After years of politicians and public figures talking about how they are creating jobs that benefit the environment and promote sustainability, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in March came out with hard

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Hartford: Commuter Groups Want Say In How Revenue From Fare Increases Is Spent

Mar 12th, 2012 | By

Complaining that money from their rail and bus fare increases will be spent on highway repairs, commuter groups and transit riders are expected on Monday to ask the General Assembly to intervene. A new schedule of fares has CT Transit bus riders and Metro-North and Shore Line East rail passengers paying 4 percent more for

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Joe Magee, Kip Bergstrom, David Kooris discuss Transit Oriented Development | YouTube

Mar 1st, 2012 | By

This is from the panel discussion and seminar organized by the 1000 Friends of CT at CT’s Legislative Office Building yesterday, Joe Magee on Transport Orient Development For more on this story, visit: Joe Magee on Transport Orient Development – YouTube.

Editorial: Himes, Murphy, call for 21st century bridge, road investment

Feb 21st, 2012 | By

Connecticut needs a 21st-century bill that supports smart growth and a balanced transportation network. …

A push for transit-oriented development, but in what direction?

Feb 15th, 2012 | By

Transit oriented development — a generation-old concept in which municipal and economic growth are linked to mass transit — is a current darling among many Connecticut constituencies. Called T-O-D to those in the know, it’s championed by environmentalists for its carbon footprint-shrinking possibilities; economic and business interests for its work force-friendly components; transit advocates for

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Get There: Public transit users face many challenges | CT Post

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By

This week, Connecticut Post reporters have been walking, biking and taking trains and cars to work and facing the challenge of getting around mass transit’s missing links. Read more about this story by clicking on this environmental headline above.

Stamford pounces on more TIGER money | Westfair Online

Dec 28th, 2011 | By

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $10.5 million for upgrades to the Stamford Transportation Center, among the busiest stations in the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s network. For more on this story, visit: In brief | Westfair Online.