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Connecticut Statewide Freight Plan Update Available for Public Comment
Public, stakeholders encouraged to review plan and provide feedback
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has published its Draft 2022-2026 Statewide Freight Plan Update and invites members of the public to review and provide feedback during the comment period, which runs through October 24, 2022. CTDOT’s Freight Program focuses on the integration of planning, operations, and engineering best practices to provide for the reliable and efficient movement of goods into, out of, and through Connecticut.
The Connecticut Statewide Freight Plan Update (Freight Plan) focuses on providing multimodal freight transportation strategies for Connecticut. Millions of tons and billions of dollars in freight traverse across Connecticut’s multimodal freight transportation network each year.
The purpose of the Freight Plan is to serve as a strategic planning tool for CTDOT, its partner agencies, and the private sector. The need for a comprehensive strategy for the movement of goods across the state results from significant growth in both population and industry that has put pressure on the existing network. It is the intent of CTDOT that the activities conducted under this Freight Plan will enhance reliability and redundancy of freight transportation and will incorporate the ability to rapidly restore access and reliability with respect to freight transportation. The development of this plan update is guided by the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and requirements of the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
The Freight Plan offers both a short- and long-term view. The Freight Plan’s short-term view considers the value of the current State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to freight transportation. While the long-term perspective focuses on the needs and issues of the freight transportation system. How and where freight moves depends on many factors, including infrastructure condition and capacity, economic conditions and competitiveness, consumer demand, government regulations, transport technologies, international politics, and trade policies. These factors are in flux, making long-term predictions and recommendations more useful as a guide for establishing general priorities than as specific prescriptions.
A Public Comment Period has begun, and the Freight Plan can be found here: CTDOT Freight Program. Members of the public can also visit CT.gov/DOT and enter “CTDOT Freight Program” in the search bar.
To submit comments, email DOTPLANNING@ct.gov or call 860-594-2015. Please reference Statewide Freight Plan in your email or voicemail.
The public comment period will close on October 24, 2022, at 5 p.m.
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