Hearing explores mass transit in Central Conn.

Jun 21st, 2013 | By

Andy Davis, transportation planner for the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and Steve Gazillo, director of transportation planning for URS Corp., of Rocky Hill, prime designer for the Central Connecticut Rail Study, led a group of area residents through a hearing Thursday evening at the New Britain Public Library.

Powell: State transit policy has gone off the rails

Jun 18th, 2013 | By

To highlight national transportation infrastructure needs, the other day Larson brought the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., to Connecticut to ride the Amtrak train from New Haven to Hartford — and just a few miles out of New Haven the train broke down.

Connecticut DOT trying to help rail commuters find parking

Jun 10th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Transportation is trying to help rail commuters find a place to park their cars. Under a new DOT initiative, commuters who are interested in buying available parking permits for the Bridgeport or Fairfield Metro stations may contact CTrides to learn more about parking options and pricing. For more on this story, visit:

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In bike-share, Boston-New York rivalry becomes camaraderie

Jun 9th, 2013 | By

Nearly two years after Boston debuted the New Balance Hubway bike-share program, the advent of New York City’s long-awaited counterpart has brought new intensity to the New York-Boston rivalry. But on the streets of the Big Apple, as commuters attempted to use the bikes for the first time and encountered technical glitches and malfunctioning kiosks,

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CT Budget Raids Transportation Funds — for the Last Time?

Jun 7th, 2013 | By

While the Connecticut General Assembly narrowly approved the two-year $37.6 billion state budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 Monday night, the General Assembly passed lockbox legislation restricting monies in the Special Transportation Fund for transportation purposes yesterday. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Mobilizing the Region.

Lawmakers move to lock transit fund

Jun 5th, 2013 | By

“We will be very happy about it, if it happens,” state Rep. Gail Lavielle, R-Wilton, said. “If you transfer infrastructure funds to cover other general costs, how can you maintain your infrastructure, let alone improve it?”

Connecticut releases more than $8 million for freight rail infrastructure

Jun 3rd, 2013 | By

The state of Connecticut has allocated more than $8 million in Rail Freight Infrastructure Program funding, which will be released to four regional railroad company projects in an effort to improve and modernize Connecticut’s rail freight system. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

New trail complete from Long Island Sound to Massachusetts New Hampshire border

Jun 2nd, 2013 | By

Hikers and environmentalists are celebrating the completion of a 220-mile route known as the New England National Scenic Trail that can be followed from Long Island Sound to the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Yantic River Greenway christened

Jun 2nd, 2013 | By

Local conservationists joined with state leaders on Friday to welcome the addition of the Yantic River Greenway to a network of nearly 70 trails that criss-cross Connecticut. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.

Shore Line East trains from New Haven to New London available weekends

May 31st, 2013 | By

Weekend travelers can ride the Shore Line East train out to New London from New Haven starting Saturday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The New Haven Register.

Rep. Tim Bishop: Political will, money key obstacles to high-speed rail (subscription)

May 25th, 2013 | By

A federal lawmaker said Friday that the biggest obstacle in the way of a high-speed rail tunnel or bridge off of Long Island Sound is finding political funding and support to get it done. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) spoke about several transportation issues facing Nassau and Suffolk at a Melville event hosted by Action Long

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Yantic Greenway wins state designation

May 16th, 2013 | By

More than 14 miles along the banks of the Yantic River from Lebanon to Bozrah to Franklin to Norwich will officially be designated as the state’s newest greenway at ceremonies later this month. “This helps put the resource on the map,” James Vincent, vice president of the Norwich Community Development Corp., said Wednesday, after learning

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The Town of Newington will receive a $2 million grant for demolition and remediation work on an abandoned welding factory

May 13th, 2013 | By

This transit-oriented development project will transform the abandoned factory into 180,000 square feet of mixed-use space that includes retail, offices, and parking.

Unprecedented Bicycle Infrastructure Project Planned for New Haven Suggests a Changing Mindset at ConnDOT

May 10th, 2013 | By

It’s a groundbreaking step for New Haven as well as ConnDOT, which had to sign off on the proposal because Route 1 is a state road. It also represents a major victory for local advocates like Elm City Cycling, who have pushed New Haven to think big and embrace cycle tracks and other protected bike infrastructure.

Reconnecting Old Lyme To The Connecticut River

May 9th, 2013 | By

Old Lyme resident Joe Camean vividly remembers the first time he saw the view from Shore Road. It was July 5, 1976. And ever since that day, he’s gradually seen more and more of the stunning vistas of the Connecticut River disappear from view as Amtrak put up more fences. … On May 6, he

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Action Alert: Keep CT Vulnerable User Bill Moving

May 6th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s vulnerable user bill (SB191), which would toughen penalties for careless drivers who injure or kill pedestrians, cyclists, highway workers, animal riders and other vulnerable users of the state’s roadways, continues to move forward as the Connecticut General Assembly enters its final stretches. With a month left in the state’s legislative session, advocates are saying now’s

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Analysis Shows Mixed Progress on Connecticut’s Transportation Funding Priorities

Apr 18th, 2013 | By

A new Tri-State report finds Connecticut making mixed progress on its planned transportation infrastructure investments. TSTC analyzed the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s $4.26 billion 2012-2015 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to understand what types of projects the state intends to prioritize over the period and to determine how the state’s priorities have, and have not, shifted from previous years. For more on this study, click on this Environmental Headline.

Read the Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance Newsletter

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

Will you join us in supporting the Trail as a recreational and public health amenity, an alternative way to experience and appreciate the Merritt Parkway, a critical link in the East Coast Greenway and a non-motorized transportation alternative for communities? Click on this Environmental Headline for more from MPTA.

How to make Connecticut roads safe for pedestrians

Apr 15th, 2013 | By

Each year since 2008, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign has published a report, Most Dangerous Roads for Walking, using three years of data to map the location of each pedestrian death. Route 1 has been Connecticut’s deadliest road in every report.

Federal Transportation Provision Could Unlock Connecticut Transit

Mar 28th, 2013 | By

While it is well known that Connecticut does not fare particularly well under MAP-21, the federal transportation law adopted last year, the state appears well-positioned to take advantage of a new provision allowing the use of federal highway funds for transit systems like Metro-North and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Mobilizing the Region.