Transportation

Connecticut hopes to sell riders on bus-only route

Apr 15th, 2014 | By
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The state is budgeting about $3 million, 80 percent of which comes from the federal government, for an 18- to 24-month marketing effort on radio, billboards, movie theater ads, and the Internet.



Route 34 hits political traffic | Yale Daily News

Apr 9th, 2014 | By

While New Haven’s Community Development Committee met last week to discuss a redevelopment plan for Route 34, New Haven bikers, car owners and environmental activists held their breaths.



Progress Made in Expanding I-91 Corridor Rail Service

Apr 4th, 2014 | By
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced what was described as “a significant milestone in progress to provide more robust commuter service on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line: the state will be seeking proposals from railroad companies to begin operating the service in 2016.”



Busway Contractors Preparing For Last Big Construction Season

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By
The proposed busway route.

By mid-fall, though, the $567 million bus-only highway from the center of New Britain to downtown Hartford should be essentially complete.



Bike Racks To Be Installed On 50 New M8 Metro-North Rail Cars

Mar 10th, 2014 | By

A total of 50 bike racks will be installed on Connecticut’s new M8 rail cars serving the New Haven Line in Fairfield County, the state Department of Transportation announced.



BikeWalkConnecticut gives 10,793 Reasons for Connecticut to Pass a ‘Vulnerable User’ Bill in 2014

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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For the fifth consecutive year, the Connecticut General Assembly is considering a bill to help hold accountable careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized “vulnerable users” of the state’s roads. Click for more info from BikeWalkConnecticut.



Conn. looks to constitution for tougher lockbox on transit money

Mar 6th, 2014 | By
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Given the $3.6 billion it would take to bring Metro-North’s New Haven Line into a state of good repair, Connecticut must change its Constitution to prevent transportation funds from being used for other purposes, state Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-Wilton, said Wednesday. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Martin Cassidy at the Stamford Advocate.



Amendment would protect transit fund

Mar 4th, 2014 | By
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The intent is to preserve the fund for the use by the Transportation Department, which is under pressure with troubles on Metro-North Railroad and the state’s congested highways. The fund is used to finance debt on transportation projects.



Complete streets, share-the-road and commuter trains top CTBPAB Annual Report

Feb 26th, 2014 | By
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The Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board Annual Report is a must-read for anyone riding a bicycle or driving a car in Connecticut. It addresses *all* aspects of pedaling including traffic, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, environmental and health aspects to putting places on trains where commuters can put their bikes. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



Route 34 West Plan Advances

Feb 21st, 2014 | By
A conceptual view of phase one, with Continuum of Care headquarters bottom right. (photo: Chris Bockstael, Svigals Partners architects)

The builders of a proposed new development along Route 34 across from Career High School went public with a conceptual design and details of that plan at City Hall Wednesday night, and they got the approval of the City Plan Commission.



Greener Housing and Transportation Coming to Central Connecticut

Feb 15th, 2014 | By
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The state is adding additional tracks that will make rail commuting possible when the project is complete in 2016. Meanwhile, a major bus rapid transit project — CT Fastrack — will link Hartford, New Britain, and adjoining towns along a 9.4-mile route. The $550 million project will be completed next year.



Doug Hausladen appointed new director of New Haven traffic and transportation

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

New Haven is lucky to have an incoming director of traffic and transportation who, like his predecessor, understands the importance of these infrastructure reforms.



Laura Baum takes the lead at Bike Walk Connecticut

Feb 7th, 2014 | By
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“I am eager to help Bike Walk Connecticut work to make this state a safer and more fun place to bike and walk,” said Baum. “From educating kids, to promoting complete streets, Bike Walk Connecticut is making a difference every day and I’m proud to be a part of it.”



New Haven line upgrade will double electrical supply and prevent power failures

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today held a news conference at Union Station in New Haven to announce that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) will undertake a $10 million project to upgrade the power supply for Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line beginning on Monday, February 3. The project will prevent the type of catastrophic power failure that occurred this past fall in Mount Vernon, New York, seriously disrupting service on the New Haven Line.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced the DOT will undertake a $10 million project to upgrade the power supply for Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line beginning on Monday, Feb. 3.



Bikes hooks being tried on Metro-North

Feb 1st, 2014 | By
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“We’re really excited about this,” said Matthew Feiner, owner of Devil’s Gear Bike Shop in New Haven. “To be able to put a bicycle on Metro-North and be able to travel in and out of New York City with a bicycle so you can be a better, more effective commuter is huge.”



New Haven may see new transportation app

Jan 30th, 2014 | By

New Haven’s new transit chief, Doug Hausladen ’04, backed the idea of real-time tracking devices at a press conference last week — when he was tapped by Mayor Toni Harp to head the city’s Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking. He will start in that role Feb. 1. Hausladen said he would support the development

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City passes zoning map amendment for Route 34

Jan 16th, 2014 | By
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It’s part of an effort to “re-stitch” the West River neighborhood, which was wounded by a huge gash a half-century ago when the city decided to raze and entire neighborhood to make way for a highway that never got built.



Joseph Giuletti named President, Metro-North Railroad

Jan 12th, 2014 | By

Joseph Giuletti—a former Metro-North executive who has led the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority for more than 14 years—succeeds Howard Permut, who had overseen the rail service as president for more than five years.



New Haven ranked 8th according to number of those who walk to work

Dec 28th, 2013 | By
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Densely populated neighborhoods, commercial district city squares and multiple public transit lines all span the city of Cambridge, Mass., creating an environment ideal for walking. The most recent Census counts estimate nearly a quarter of the city’s residents walk to work, far more than any other larger U.S. city. The percentage of walk-to-work commuters in New Haven is 11.2, according to the data and a report on Governing.com. 67% take a car. 15.3% public transportation. 4.8% ride a bike or take a cab. And 1.7% work from home.



Ceremony Celebrates Opening of Naugatuck Greenway at 2:30 Dec. 20

Dec 20th, 2013 | By
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The Naugatuck Department of Public Works will host a brief ceremony Friday to formally open the first phase of the Naugatuck Greenway.