CTfastrak station nears completion

Oct 18th, 2014 | By

While working on the New Britain Downtown Station, a CTfastrak construction worker hums the theme to “The Jetsons.” Lisa Rivers, transit manager for the Connecticut Department of Transportation, knows why. “He says the lampposts look like flying saucers,” she said. “We used a lot of stainless steel here. It’s easy to maintain and it has

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Hartford’s Downtown North project is a chance to enhance transit

Oct 16th, 2014 | By

… the mixed-use development proposal calls for far too much new parking and not enough in the way of improved pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure.

Is Connecticut Ready for a Streetcar Revival?

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Streetcars have been pitched in some locations before — namely, New Haven and Stamford. In 2012, a proposal to create a install a streetcar system reportedly went “down in flames” after an attempt to fund a local study.

Bridging the gap

Oct 6th, 2014 | By
(photo: cjzurcher)

There have been several crashes in recent months, some of them fatal, involving Amtrak and Metro-North trains in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Norwalk bridge is one of four movable bridges on the New Haven line, all more than 109 years old and all in need of major rehabilitation or replacement.

Leaders to create business plan to spur growth along planned freight rail line

Oct 4th, 2014 | By

If the plans go through, riders from Connecticut would be able to transfer to trains headed to Long Island or New Jersey without transferring to another station.

MTA proposes linking New Haven and Penn Station

Oct 4th, 2014 | By
A Metro North train heads from West Haven to Grand Central. (photo: cjzurcher)

The $743 million plan, part of the 2015–2019 MTA Capital Program, would add four new stations in the East Bronx on current Amtrak track. Metro-North trains, which are run by the MTA, would branch off at New Rochelle and arrive at Penn Station after those four stops.

August 2014 had record ridership on Shore Line East commuter rail

Sep 25th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that ridership on Shore Line East – the commuter rail line between New Haven and New London – set a new record last month with 63,959 passenger trips.

Public Invited to Review Transportation Improvement Plan :: Stamford

Sep 19th, 2014 | By

The South Western Regional Planning Agency SWRPA has prepared the Draft South Western Region 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program TIP. The TIP and associated Air Quality Conformity Documents will be available for public review and comment from September 22, 2014 through October 22, 2014.

Malloy, Foley Address Transportation at Candidate Forum

Sep 15th, 2014 | By

Malloy and Greenwich businessman Tom Foley appeared separately on Monday at a transportation forum hosted by regional transportation groups.

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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Conn. faces transportation funding shortage

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By

The state’s transportation development will likely hit a roadblock in obtaining federal money, as the pool of funds has fast evaporated.

Malloy: ‘No problem’ prohibiting Connecticut transportation spending

Aug 27th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared that he had “no problem” with a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the legislature from raiding the special transportation fund.

State Purchasing $33M In New CTfastrak Buses

Aug 23rd, 2014 | By

Federal and state taxpayers are putting up nearly $33 million for 48 new buses that will have features not found on the CT Transit fleet.

Transportation advocates lay out agenda for Connecticut candidates

Aug 21st, 2014 | By

The coalition is asking gubernatorial candidates for a debate focused on transportation issues.

Officials Promote Busway’s Economic Development Potential

Aug 19th, 2014 | By

A busload of state officials toured the route Monday, stopping at several stations in Newington and West Hartford where they hope to encourage creation of nearby retail shops, apartment complexes and commercial office buildings. For more on this story, visit: Officials Promote Busway’s Economic Development Potential – Hartford Courant.

Sharlach proposes transit authority

Aug 9th, 2014 | By

Phil Sharlach of Wilton, who is running for Connecticut State Senate in the 26th District, submitted the following on transportation issues facing Connecticut. “… I propose the New York-Connecticut Transportation Authority. The NYCTA is an all-encompassing approach to resolve Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure crisis. The NYCTA will be an independent, non-governmental entity formed by New York

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Transportation helps our region compete

Jul 15th, 2014 | By

by Lyle Wray and Oz Griebel Imagine for a moment what life in our region would be like if we couldn’t rely on key transportation networks such as the Interstate system, bridges over the Connecticut River and the network of streets that serve autos, freight and transit. Would we have anything like the economic success

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Suggestions to implement congestion pricing on I-84 in Hartford won’t cure traffic woes

Jul 12th, 2014 | By

Clearly, the time has long since arrived to improve our highways and transit systems. The key will be spending the money in a way that best serves all drivers and riders.

New Haven residents sound off on transportation woes

Jul 10th, 2014 | By

New Haven transportation czar Doug Hausladen said he would look into several issues he heard, including service quality, service frequency on Sundays, inadequate signage and poor bus stop conditions. Hausladen said he would personally be looking at the condition of bus stops near Walmart and 150 Sargent Drive. Hausladen said the issue at hand is

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Malloy: Connecticut can fund transportation for a month

Jul 4th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut can cover the cost of various ongoing transportation projects on its own for about a month.