Mass Transit

Bridging the gap

Oct 6th, 2014 | By
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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.

Conn. looks to constitution for tougher lockbox on transit money

Mar 6th, 2014 | By

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.

Greener Housing and Transportation Coming to Central Connecticut

Feb 15th, 2014 | By

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.

New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Project: Program Update including information on June public hearlings

May 19th, 2012 | By

Public hearings, planned for June, will provide a forum for public comments on the EA/EIE. Comments can also be submitted directly on the program website or by mail. CTDOT will respond to all EA/EIE comments in the final document to be submitted to the FRA by the end of June for consideration and approval by the FRA.

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. …

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.

State Transit Funding Cuts Hit Estuary Region

Jun 28th, 2011 | By

In an attempt to balance the upcoming state budget, one area that will see severe cuts is the state’s Municipal Grant Program. The $4 million program, which provides funds to municipalities and transit districts for senior and disabled transportation, was reduced by 25%, according to 9 Town Transit Executive Director Joseph Comerford.

Using Transportation Revenues for Transportation is a Good Thing?

Jun 28th, 2011 | By

The prospect of a balanced budget in Connecticut is unclear now that an agreement with state employee unions appears at risk of collapse. But one positive highlight from the state’s budget was the shielding of more transportation revenue from being diverted to the State’s General Fund.

Transit needs density, Connecticut needs transit: Tom Condon via

Jun 10th, 2011 | By

It’s very hard to serve sprawl by transit. If folks live helter-skelter all over the countryside, they are pretty much relegated to driving. If we want to make transit work, two things have to happen: People need to live near it, and it has to go where they want to go.

A Mass Transit New England Ramble

Sep 6th, 2010 | By

Matthew Stevenson argues that it’s little wonder everyone drives.

The biggest problem with American public transportation, he writes in, is that it lacks a critical mass.

The infrequent service is more of a problem than the slow speeds, which could be padded over with comfortable seats, wifi, and better coffee. Amtrak has only one train a day north of Springfield, which in turn has one train to Boston and spotty bus service.

Westbrook, Transit District Unveils Bus Shelters (update)

Sep 1st, 2010 | By

The Town of Westbrook and 9 Town Transit held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, August 31, to unveil the area’s first bus shelters. The Day reports witih photo.

Transit measures are self-defeating

Aug 30th, 2010 | By

The MTA wants to eliminate a 2 percent discount on people who buy monthly tickets, the 4 percent discount for people who also use the MetroCard, invalidate 10-trip tickets after three months, rather than the year duration that exists now, and invalidate round-trip tickets after seven days instead of three months. via Transit measures are

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Lieberman, Dodd announce $14M+ for transit

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman have announced nearly $15 million in four federal grants for transit improvement projects throughout Connecticut. The Connecticut DOT was granted the funds by the Federal Transit Administration for a series of projects benefiting Hartford, West Hartford, New Britain, Newington and Bridgeport.

Two grants totaling nearly $6 million will be used for land acquisition, professional services, and site work for the New Britain-Hartford Busway.

State faces growing list of transit woes

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

HARTFORD — Connecticut is facing a growing list of interrelated transportation problems, including aging infrastructure, worsening traffic buildup on state highways, and inadequate integration of existing facilities, the state’s top transit planner said yesterday. via State faces growing list of transit woes – StamfordAdvocate.

Mass., VT governors support NHHS high-speed rail line

Aug 16th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has announced that her colleagues from Massachusetts and Vermont – Governors Deval Patrick and Jim Douglas, respectively – have joined her in strongly supporting Connecticut’s application to the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) for a $220 million grant for construction work on the long-planned New Haven-Hartford-Springfield, Massachusetts high-speed commuter rail line.

‘Mad as Hell’: Talking Transportation with Jim Cameron

Aug 9th, 2010 | By

Sometimes we commuters feel like Howard Beale from the 1976 movie “Network”.  We’re as mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore! The MTA, parent of Metro-North, is at it again.  Under the guise of balancing their budget, they’re proposing rules changes that will penalize riders, hike fares and discourage ridership.  For

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Three Top Democrats In Legislature Skeptical About Rell’s Mass Transit Plans

Aug 9th, 2010 | By

HARTFORD — As Gov. M. Jodi Rell this week seeks $486 million in bonding for two mass transit projects, she’s getting tough questions from an unexpected source: Democratic legislators. via Three Top Democrats In Legislature Skeptical About Rell’s Mass Transit Plans –

Groups urge gubernatorial candidates to focus on mass transit – Connecticut Post

Aug 5th, 2010 | By

A coalition of regional planning and transportation groups called Wednesday for gubernatorial candidates to create state transportation policy that fosters bus and rail projects and development around transit stations, along with raising new project revenues through tolls and offering tax credits to jump-start denser development in urban areas. As the Connecticut gubernatorial race heats up,

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Aging Transit Systems Face Budget Crunch

Jul 25th, 2010 | By

More riders, aging mass transit systems and inadequate money for maintenance and upgrades — a familiar story line for commuters and those faced with the task of keeping the trains running. What is new this summer is that the problems are making headlines again, in part because of an extended heat wave that has smothered

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