Downtown businesses say busway will create parking problems

Aug 31st, 2013 | By

There is a bus lane on Asylum Street in the Capital City that is expected to be part of the Connecticut Fasttrack Busway and that bustling street right in the heart of downtown Hartford.

U.S. Bike-Sharing Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

The largest bike share in the United States is in New York City, where some 6,000 bicycles are available at 332 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The program opened at the end of May 2013, and in less than 3 months hit 2 million trips. On busy days, each bike gets checked out seven times or more, a remarkably high borrowing rate. The city ultimately hopes to expand the program to other boroughs and grow to 10,000 bikes.

Asylum Street Merchants: Special Lane For Buses Bad Idea

Aug 28th, 2013 | By
Flower Street Pedestrian Bridge design proposal. (CT DOT)

If a redesign of downtown Hartford’s traffic system creates a bus-only lane down Asylum Street, several prominent retailers and restaurant owners say the buses will be jockeying for space with moving vans — because they’ll leave.

Tom Condon takes a ride down the route of the New Britain-Hartford busway

Aug 26th, 2013 | By

I’ve seen the future — I hope. I’ve been on the busway. By Tom Condon …. At the invitation of some folks from the state Department of Transportation, I took a ride (in a sturdy SUV) along much of the Hartford — New Britain busway route. If you are new to the area, the busway,

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Let’s close the gaps on the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway

Aug 18th, 2013 | By

You can buy a T-shirt in London that says “Mind The Gap,” the popular message of caution to London Underground riders. In Connecticut we need to produce a T-shirt that says “Close the Gap,” a message of hope to Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway bicycle riders. The greenway is an 84-mile multi-use trail that runs from

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Canal Trail in New Haven Will Now Link To The Sound

Aug 4th, 2013 | By
The jungle at Orange and Grove will become the plaza where the underground portion of the trail rises to the street. (photo: Allan Appel)

Get ready to finish that stroll or bike along the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway Trail rather than having to stop at the gated tunnels below Whitney Avenue.

Spend transit dollars more carefully

Aug 2nd, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Citizens Transportation Lobby writes in strong support of your editorial of July 31, “A mixed bag of transit plans.” Transportation, along with education and future planning, is a key factor in keeping and attracting businesses in our state.

CT Post Editorial: A mixed bag of transit plans

Aug 1st, 2013 | By

Last week, the State Bond Commission took a step in the right direction, approving $537 million in transportation projects. Included on the list are repairs for 40 bridges, repaving of hundreds of miles of highways and funding for numerous other, smaller projects. This work is essential. Connecticut has more than its share of overdue repairs,

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Cycling in New Haven

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

There are a lot of people spinning their wheels in New Haven these days. Literally, as more people than ever are riding bikes not just for recreation but …

New Britain Gets $500,000 State Development Grant

Jul 27th, 2013 | By

With the busway scheduled to start operations in a year and a half, the state is giving the city $500,000 to plan downtown redevelopment to take advantage of economic growth possibilities.

CT Seeks More Money From Transportation Chief

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By

During his heavily promoted appearance at Union Station, federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stopped short of offering guarantees of new federal dollars.

New US Transportation Secretary to visit Conn.

Jul 22nd, 2013 | By

Anthony Foxx is expected to appear Monday at Union Station in New Haven with Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for a news conference. They plan to speak about the importance of rail investment and safety to economic development. For more on this story, visit: New US

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Neighbors to DOT on Flower Street pedestrian bridge: ‘You can do better.’

Jul 18th, 2013 | By
Flower Street Pedestrian Bridge design proposal. (CT DOT)

A group of Hartford residents told state Department of Transportation engineers Tuesday that they need to do better when it comes to offering up design concepts for the pedestrian bridge over Flower Street. “I want you to believe in yourself more,” Chris Brown, director of Bike Walk Connecticut, told them.

Schumer: Amtrak to test bikes on Ethan Allen line

Jul 17th, 2013 | By

Amtrak will allow bikes on board specially fitted cafe cars on their Ethan Allen line running from New York to Vermont.

Bikers hit trails hoping to raise awareness for Farmington Canal

Jul 15th, 2013 | By

Bicyclists hit the trails on a recent Saturday morning, hoping to raise awareness about the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. The ride covered fifty-six miles of trail and was organized by DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty.

CFE applauds transit oriented development in Stamford; Commuters concerned about parking

Jul 11th, 2013 | By

There are concerns there won’t be enough parking at the train station in Stamford because of plans to develop a parking garage into something more. Stamford Manhattan Development Ventures LLC will be the preferred developer for the estimated $500 million mixed-use development, which is expected to bring together office space, retail, hotel and residential uses adjacent to the train and bus hub.

Tolls No Magic Bullet for Connecticut’s Route 11

Jul 9th, 2013 | By

The proposal to extend Route 11 has always been considered bad transportation policy which would lead to environmental degradation, further suburban sprawl and increased congestion. But a new study from the Connecticut DOT released last month shows that even using tolls to pay for Route 11?s extension would not cover the cost of the proposed $1.4 billion highway megaproject in southeastern Connecticut. Click on more from Mobilizing the Region.

New Britain/Waterbury busway being considered

Jul 7th, 2013 | By

Among the options under consideration for improving transportation in Central Connecticut is a second busway that would run between New Britain and Waterbury.

CT Officials Head North to Learn More About Successful TOD

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

Interest in transit-oriented development continues to grow in Connecticut as municipalities in the state plan to take full advantage of new transit lines like the CTfastrak bus rapid transit system and New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Line. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Mobilizing the Region.

Malloy launches strategic transportation initiative

Jun 26th, 2013 | By
The Stamford Transportation Center is a 10-minute walk from much of the city's downtown and south end, but doesn't act as the welcoming gateway it could be. (Stamford Transportation Center Master Plan)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that the DOT has launched a strategic planning approach to transportation policies, programs, and projects. Transform CT will improve economic growth and competitiveness, build sustainability, and provide a blueprint for a world-class transportation system. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story and a reaction from Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its Transit for Connecticut Coalition.