Transportation

How Bike- and Walk-Friendly Is Your Town? Bike Walk CT releases first ever town-by-town scorecard

Jul 2nd, 2014 | By

As part of a new “complete streets” initiative, Bike Walk Connecticut released a first-of-its-kind ranking of the state’s cities and towns on how bike- and walk-friendly they are. Simsbury (1), New Haven (2), New Britain (3), Glastonbury (4), and Middletown (5) claim top honors as the five most bike- and walk-friendly communities. Click on this Environmental Headline for the full report.



Failure Of Century-Old Rail Bridge Inexcusable

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
The Walk Bridge railroad bridge over the Norwalk River in 2007. (wikimedia commons)

The Walk Bridge, a movable bridge over the Norwalk River, opened 271 times in 2013 and failed to operate properly on 16 of those openings. Now it has failed twice in the past two weeks — most recently on Friday — stranding passengers and generally interrupting commerce in the nation’s busiest rail corridor. Leaders of Third-World countries wouldn’t stand for this.



Gov. Malloy touts investment in and expansion of New Haven Rail Yard

Jun 6th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, joined by Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) Commissioner James Redeker and other state and local officials, led a tour of the New Haven Rail Yard, which is undergoing a $1.15 billion, multi-year upgrade and expansion. The governor also announced that a fifth new power supply substation has been put into service on the New Haven commuter rail line, adding more redundancy and increasing options to reduce the chance of future prolonged power failures.



Connecticut creates fund to encourage transit-oriented developments

May 5th, 2014 | By

The TOD fund will include $1 million from the Office of Policy and Management, $1 million from CHFA and $13 million from LISC, which was selected the TOD fund manager through a competitive process.



Goodbye Downtown New Haven Highway, Hello 1,300 Parking Spaces?

May 1st, 2014 | By
A conceptual view of phase one, with Continuum of Care headquarters bottom right. (photo: Chris Bockstael, Svigals Partners architects)

Advocates for livable streets in New Haven have high hopes for the Downtown Crossing project, made possible by a highway teardown that will open 16 acres of prime, center-city land.



Walk to work, or take a bus? New jobs access maps show where you can

Apr 30th, 2014 | By

The “Jobs Access map” from the Regional Plan Association allows you to look at where you can go by car, public transportation, or bike, not to mention filter by travel time, desired industry, and worker education level.



Gov. Malloy on Metro-North’s new rail schedule

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

“I have the commitments of MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast and Metro-North President Joe Giulietti that they will work directly with our DOT over the next few months to prepare schedule proposals that go beyond today’s changes, with an eye toward even better service by the fall.”



Meetings planned to update public on Connecticut busway project

Apr 19th, 2014 | By

A series of meetings are planned to update the public about Connecticut’s first bus rapid transit system scheduled to begin operations early next year. For more on this story, visit: Meetings planned to update public on Connecticut busway project | The New Haven Register .



Connecticut hopes to sell riders on bus-only route

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.