Mass Transit

Connecticut environmental agendas available to download thanks to CTLCV

Dec 3rd, 2009 | By

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Education Fund held their 10th Annual Environmental Summit recently at the Jaycees Boathouse on the banks of the Connecticut River in Hartford. Several hundred members of environmental organizations throughout the state gathered to discuss their legislative agendas for the 2010 legislative session. The 85th session opens Feb. 3, 2010,

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U.S. to unleash millions for streetcar, bus projects to reduce pollution | OregonLive.com

Dec 1st, 2009 | By

The Obama administration today announced it wants to spend $280 million on urban neighborhood mass transit projects, such as streetcars and bus facilities, in an effort to make more livable communities that reduce pollution, the Oregonian reported. The news marks the first batch of money for a new Livability Initiative, which U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray

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Rail Advocates Press Opposition To Busway — Courant.com

Nov 27th, 2009 | By

BRISTOL - Advocates of restoring passenger rail service from Waterbury to Hartford say the idea deserves a fresh look because new questions are arising about a competing mass transit project, the New Britain busway. Lawmakers and business leaders from Bristol and surrounding towns argue that rebuilding the dilapidated freight rail line would benefit all of central

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OUR VIEW: Bus vs. rail — Your vote? – The New Britain Herald

Nov 18th, 2009 | By

The scarcity of mass transit options in our state has long meant that commuters are forced to drive back and forth to their jobs on clogged highways and children learn a way of life that necessitates a car as soon as the law allows. Now, 50 years too late, our state leaders are beginning to

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New Report Addresses Roots of Connecticut’s ‘Mean Streets’ | ctsmartgrowth.com

Nov 13th, 2009 | By

Six pedestrians have been killed on Connecticut streets in the last three weeks … Transportation for America just issued Dangerous by Design, a report that examines the causes of these pedestrian fatalities, identifies the most dangerous cities for walking, and makes concrete recommendations for making our streets safer.  Among the recommendations are the implementation of

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Norwalk pursues $500,000 traffic plan – The Hour

Oct 9th, 2009 | By

The city is poised to churn $500,000 of largely federal money into a citywide Traffic Management Plan — in effect a master plan — that will address not just roads and cars. “The major goal is to enhance the overall safety and efficiency of travel by motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and mass transit riders,” wrote Michael

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Report: Energy independence up along with mass transit use | Environment Connecticut

Sep 23rd, 2009 | By

A new report released by Environment America called “Getting On Track: Record Transit Ridership Increases Energy Independence,” says that while transit ridership rose by 4 percent nationwide in 2008 (and people drove nearly 4 percent less than they did the year before), Connecticut saw a 5 percent increase in ridership from 2007 to 2008 and

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Commentary: ‘Get Motivated’ – Provided you can get there? – The Bristol Press

Sep 14th, 2009 | By

Connecticut lacks a cohesive and well planned out mass transit strategy. The frightening part for those of us that live in the central Connecticut and greater Bristol areas is that it is not getting any better any time soon. via Chamber Chatter: ‘Get Motivated’ – Provided you can get there? – The Bristol Press: Bristol,

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Cognitive dissonance | The Republican-American

Sep 4th, 2009 | By

Is there a group of people who suffer more from collective tunnel vision than advocates of mass transit in Connecticut? No real demand for light rail beyond the mile-wide, centimeter-deep “popular support” by people who favor transit for everyone else? … Advocates don’t want to hear it…



Debicella plans to run for 4th District seat | Weston Forum

Aug 22nd, 2009 | By

Debicella plans to run for 4th District seat | Weston Forum: “State Senator Dan Debicella of Shelton announced last week he would run for Connecticut’s 4th District congressional seat against U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat, in the 2010 election. A priority, he said, is fixing transportation in Connecticut. “We need common-sense solutions for our

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Touchy Subject of Tolls Is Back in Connecticut – NYTimes.com

Jul 26th, 2009 | By

Touchy Subject of Tolls Is Back in Connecticut – NYTimes.com: “With Connecticut unable to afford the extensive repairs needed for its roads or upgrades to its mass transit system, some state officials are pushing a revenue-raising idea that might sound obvious to drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike or the New York State Thruway: tolls.”

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As New York-Area Roads Fall Apart, Money for Repair Dries Up – NYTimes.com

Jul 26th, 2009 | By

As New York-Area Roads Fall Apart, Money for Repair Dries Up – NYTimes.com: “The shoddy conditions are partly due to the sheer volume of traffic in the country’s most densely populated region. But urban planners and infrastructure experts say the deterioration of the area’s roads is also the result of shortsighted policy decisions by state

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Bill’s cost may derail transit plans – The New Haven Register

Jul 22nd, 2009 | By

Bill’s cost may derail transit plans – The New Haven Register: “NEW HAVEN — The need to invest in mass transit in the region and nationally could be delayed by concerns over a new transportation bill’s cost, U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3, told a group of regional leaders Monday.” Provided by www.CTEnvironmentalHeadlines.com



U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro Discusses Transportation Funding During Roundtable | for constructionpros.com

Jul 21st, 2009 | By

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro Discusses Transportation Funding During Roundtable | for constructionpros.com: “Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) met with state, local and regional officials, as well as transportation officials and labor for a roundtable discussion on the upcoming transportation reauthorization to gain their input as the process moves forward. ‘I believe, the draft in the

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After one year at the DOT, Marie tackles more change – The Advocate

Jul 19th, 2009 | By

After one year at the DOT, Marie tackles more change – The Advocate: “A year after taking over as state transportation commissioner, Joseph Marie said he feels the Department of Transportation has the renewed purpose needed to tackle expansion of the state’s rail and mass transit system, having steadied itself after more than two years

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Cooperation key to transit issues – The Connecticut Post Online

Jul 14th, 2009 | By

Cooperation key to transit issues – The Connecticut Post Online: “Mass transit solutions are impossible unless we work together. Gov. M. Jodi Rell appears to understand this. Rell and the five other New England governors on Monday declared that the central Connecticut route paralleling Interstate 91 is a key link in wider plans to revitalize

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State Formally Applies for Stimulus Funds For New Haven to Springfield Rail Line | Gov. M. Jodi Rell

Jul 11th, 2009 | By

State Formally Applies for Stimulus Funds For New Haven to Springfield Rail Line | Gov. M. Jodi Rell: “Governor M. Jodi Rell announced the state is proceeding with its efforts to establish high-speed rail service between New Haven and Springfield by applying for a share of the $8 billion in stimulus funds available for high-speed

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Urgency For Central Connecticut Commuter Rail Part Of Nationwide Trend – Courant.com

Jul 6th, 2009 | By

Urgency For Central Connecticut Commuter Rail Part Of Nationwide Trend – Courant.com: “Advocates for mass transit say Connecticut is part of a nationwide trend; more than a dozen cities are building or expanding streetcar systems or expanding commuter rail lines and busways, but new highway projects are scarce. They point to the Obama administration’s new

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CT Receives $68.6 million in Recovery Funding for Transportation Projects | CT Environmental Headlines

Jul 3rd, 2009 | By

Connecticut Receives $68.6 million in Recovery Funding for Transportation Projects | CT Environmental Headlines: NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn. – 3) announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation will receive over $68.6 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for two projects – the purchase of 136 buses for six

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Going Forward: Developing 5 components critical to Connecticut’s transit system – Courant.com

Jun 28th, 2009 | By

Going Forward: Developing 5 components critical to Connecticut’s transit system – Courant.com: “Connecticut has undergone a sea change from its past highway-centered transportation policy. The General Assembly and Gov. M. Jodi Rell have made mass transit a state priority, and the Obama Administration has focused interest and resources on the development of transit systems, bringing

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