News from the Connecticut Department of Transportation
The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced upgraded passenger parking plans for various CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit system stations in New Britain, Newington and West Hartford. Parking capacity along the CTfastrak corridor will be expanded by 142 percent in 2016 – for a total of 429 spaces versus 177 today.
A new study conducted by the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering concludes chloride-based deicing chemicals should be expected to be the standard for the foreseeable future and CTDOT should continue to use sodium chloride as the primary deicing chemical.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is reminding passengers that train fares on the New Haven Line and Shore Line East will increase one percent on January 1, 2016. Monthly tickets on sale for January will reflect the new fares.
Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker today toured three recently completed CTDOT projects and facilities – a new bridge over the Willimantic River between Mansfield and Coventry, a new bus maintenance facility in Mansfield and the newly reopened Willington rest areas on I-84.
As part of the CTDOT's ongoing mission to improve and evaluate its operations and to assess the usefulness and functionality of new technologies, on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the CTDOT will utilize an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to perform limited visual bridge inspection tasks on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today an agreement with Amtrak to complete the Hartford line, receiving guaranteed agreements for cost ceilings and a clear timetable for work completion.
A newly rebuilt and resurfaced 1.8-mile section of the Farmington River Trail in Burlington – part of the East Coast Greenway system – was formally opened today by state and local officials in a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation continues its new CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit service to this Saturday’s University of Connecticut football game at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford when UConn plays the University of Houston at 3.30 p.m.
New timetables are coming to the New Haven commuter rail line on Monday, November 16, and normal service will resume on the Waterbury Branch, where passengers have been changing trains at a temporary transfer station at Devon. Waterbury Branch customers will resume changing trains in Bridgeport.
Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James Redeker today announced the official opening of the new Route 57 Bridge over the west branch of the Saugatuck River in Weston. Commissioner Redeker highlighted CTDOT’s use of a new bridge replacement method to accelerate construction of the project and reduce the cost of replacing the bridge.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that real-time bus information for CTfastrak is now available on Google Maps. This information will also be available on other greater Hartford area buses as a statewide roll-out of real-time bus information technology is made available on CTtransit systems over the next year.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today introduced the “Community Connectivity Program,” designed to improve conditions for walking and bicycling to and within urban, suburban and rural community centers. It is one of the outputs from Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s newly authorized Let’s GO CT program, which addresses short- and long-term transportation needs across the state.
Construction of a new extension of the Charter Oak Greenway bicycle and pedestrian trail is underway in Manchester. State and local officials toured the site today as the Connecticut Department of Transportation released a five-year plan for additional trails across Connecticut – part of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s 30-year, $100 billion transportation improvement program known as “Let’s Go CT.”
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced the closing of the pedestrian bridge and stairs connecting the original commuter parking garage to the Stamford Transportation Center (STC) in order to facilitate work to reopen part of the garage. Commuters are urged to budget more time to catch their trains. As portions of the improvements are completed, pedestrian access from the STC to the expanded garage, through the original garage, will be returned to service.
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Transportation proposes to adopt new policies on Transit Service and Fare Equity, Definitions of Major Service Changes, and Determinations of Disparate Impacts and Disproportionate Burdens.
Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker announced the appointment of Richard W. Andreski, a highly experienced public transportation professional, to lead the DOT’s Bureau of Public Transportation. His appointment follows a nationwide search.
In partnership with CT DOT’s Highway Safety Office, the Ford Driving Skills for Life program is coming to Connecticut on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 & 18. State employees, their friends and neighbors are encouraged to bring or send their teenaged drivers to this educational, informative and hands-on event.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation today encouraged Hartford Marathon participants and supporters to use the new CTfastrak bus rapid transit system when traveling to this Saturday's activities in downtown Hartford. However, the half and full marathon course will significantly impact the normal operation of CTfastrak and CTtransit so riders should be aware of the bus routing changes and expect longer travel times.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is encouraging Connecticut schools to join schools from around the world in celebrating International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State Bond Commission next week is scheduled to vote on a $7 million allocation that will allow the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to purchase buses and other capital equipment necessary to expand CTfastrak east of the Connecticut River into East Hartford and Manchester.
Metro-North Railroad is adding some additional train service during the visit of Pope Francis to New York City on Friday.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is seeking an accredited Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training school to provide CDL - Class B Commercial Driver training for a 1-year period to women, minorities, veterans, and economically disadvantaged individuals in Connecticut.
New timetables are coming to the New Haven commuter rail line on Sunday, October 4, and will include a better morning rush hour connection to Greenwich for Shore Line East customers. Customers should look for other minor scheduling changes in printed timetables or online.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation continues its new CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit service to this Saturday’s University of Connecticut football game at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford when UConn plays Navy at noon.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the Q Bridge – is scheduled to open approximately eight months ahead of schedule. Construction of the main span bridge was completed in July 2015 on schedule and on budget. Four lanes of the new southbound bridge are scheduled to open to vehicles the week of September 28, providing much needed relief for tens of thousands of residents who face congestion in the corridor and enhancing the region’s overall economic competitiveness.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that in continuing efforts to improve CTfastrak services, some minor modifications will be made to the schedules of CTfastrak express bus routes.
One day after surpassing the million-rider mark, the Connecticut Department of Transportation announced the start of a new CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit service to all Saturday University of Connecticut football games at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The new transit service will start this Saturday, September 12, 2015, when UConn plays Army at noon.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today joined Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker and other state and local officials at the Flatbush Avenue CTfastrak station in Hartford to announce that the bus rapid transit system has reached a major milestone – one million passenger trips since its launch earlier this spring.
The CTDOT operates a multimodal public transportation network consisting of commuter rail and bus systems, as well as paratransit services, providing over 80 million rides annually. To ensure fairness and equity in the distribution of those services, the Department wishes to engage the public in a collaborative process to develop its public transportation equity policies. The purpose of developing these policies is to ensure that the Department identifies, mitigates and/or minimizes disproportionate negative impacts to minority or economically disadvantaged populations whenever there is a major service change proposal.
In order to improve customer service and ensure better connections on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line, Amtrak has revised the schedules for substitute bus service that has been implemented to accommodate construction along the rail corridor, effective Monday, August 24, 2015.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that CTtransit buses throughout the state will soon be equipped with GPS devices that will provide real-time bus location information to riders. With a total of 42 million passenger trips taken per year, riders will be able to better plan travel with up-to-the-minute arrival and departure information, as well as a better experience, with the new devices.
Delays are dissipating on I-95 in Southeastern Connecticut following a fatal crash earlier in the day.
Major delays continue on I-95 following a fatal accident in Old Lyme late this morning.
As part of several on-going City of Hartford initiatives under iQuilt and the Intermodal Triangle project, the downtown CTtransit bus stops for many routes are being adjusted effective Sunday, August 16, 2015. Construction for streetscape improvements continues throughout the central business district, and has resulted in both temporary and permanent relocations of bus stops in downtown Hartford.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today visited one of the most complex and congested highway interchanges in Connecticut where I-91, I-691 and Route 15 converge in Meriden and called for a new design of the area to enhance safety, improve traffic flow, and reduce congestion.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is announcing that on Monday, August 3, 2015, Amtrak will begin a substitute bus operation for certain morning and evening New Haven to Springfield Amtrak shuttles. The busing is necessary to accommodate construction of a second track as part of the New Haven – Hartford –Springfield (NHHS) Rail Program.
Workers will be out in force along Metro-North Railroad’s New Canaan Branch during the first four weekends of August to renew railroad crossings at three intersections with local streets and rebuild the railroad bridge over the Merritt Parkway.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, today announced the continuation of the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” initiative – an effort to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a hand-held mobile phone.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is updating its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan and is seeking input and involvement from interested individuals and organizations of the ADA community.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today joined state and local officials and private developers to break ground on the construction of a mixed-use residential and retail complex and parking garage on Colony Street in Meriden as part of a larger plan to establish a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) district in connection with the city’s new Intermodal Transit Center.
The Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. And why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that citations are being issued throughout the new CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit system to riders who do not have a valid proof of payment. A citation carries a $75 fine.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has applied for two federal grants – one to promote “Complete Streets” transit-oriented development around Ctfastrak bus stations in central Connecticut, and the other to design a new New Haven commuter rail line station in Bridgeport.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that it has started to distribute CTfastrak rider surveys along all CTfastrak express and CTfastrak local routes in order to gain customer feedback about its new transit service.
The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Connecticut Rider Education Program and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have partnered to address a growing segment of the population who choose to ride three-wheeled motorcycles.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced today that it has launched the "CTfastrak Rewards Program," a benefits program that offers a variety of local business discounts to transit riders in the central Connecticut area.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Shore Line East with special events during the week of June 8 through June 12, 2015.
Safety improvements – including the installation of vehicular traffic gates and warning lights – have been completed at a private railroad crossing in the Springdale neighborhood of Stamford where there have been several accidents in recent years involving vehicles striking trains, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today.
CTrides Week kicks off Monday, May 11 at the Downtown New Britain CTfastrak Station.
State and local officials today toured the East Haddam swing bridge to see first-hand the pair of ospreys nesting on the new platform built for them by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), which owns and operates the 102-year-old bridge that opens and closes for marine traffic below on the Connecticut River. CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker also announced that the department has begun “tweeting” messages to interested citizens when the bridge opens and closes. Citizens must sign up to receive the messages through twitter.com.
All year round, Connecticut has bicyclists and pedestrians avidly traversing its many roadways. As the weather warms and more users come out of their winter hibernation, the numbers increase and we celebrate Bike Month nationally in May of every year.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today joined state and local officials at the train station in Old Saybrook to highlight transit-oriented development (TOD) initiatives in the surrounding area. The projects represent the state’s continued commitment to provide Connecticut and its local communities with a best-in-class transportation system, delivering economic development, job growth, and improved quality of life.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker today announced that the design for a new Walk Railroad Bridge in Norwalk is progressing and remains on schedule. Prior to Governor Malloy’s administration, the bridge, which was first built in 1896, had gone decades without any plans for replacement despite its declining reliability. Now, as bridge designers have been developing plans for the replacement bridge and preparing the necessary permits, interim repairs to help ensure its functionality have been completed. Construction on an entirely new bridge is expected to begin in 2016 and be completed in 2020.
Ridership on the New Haven commuter rail line reached record highs in 2014, with some 39.6 million passenger trips – a 1.6 percent increase over 2013 – according to numbers released today by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, parent of Metro-North, the operator of the New Haven Line.
The Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets is a call to action from U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx. The goal is for local elected officials “to take significant action to improve safety for bicycle riders and pedestrians of all ages and abilities over the next year.” Connecticut’s Transportation Commissioner, James P. Redeker, announced today his agency’s commitment to supporting the efforts of Connecticut’s municipal leaders to meet the challenge.
The I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing (NHHC) Corridor Improvement Program's 6th Annual Open House will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM.
The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry across the Connecticut River will resume operations at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced it is closing the older parking garage at the Stamford Transportation Center, effective immediately, in order to evaluate safety concerns related to deteriorating concrete conditions at the 28-year-old facility.
Substitute bus service will be provided between New Canaan and Stamford stations for select trains on Fri., April 10, and all trains on April 11-12, to accommodate preliminary work for the Merritt Parkway Bridge reconstruction.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office, today announced the kick-off of “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” – an effort to crackdown on motorists who choose to text, talk or otherwise distract themselves from the task of driving by using a hand-held mobile phone.
Ferry operations on the Connecticut River will be delayed due to maintenance and high water.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation confirmed the successful start of service today of the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit system in central Connecticut after a decade of planning and a ribbon cutting ceremony on the previous day. Early on Saturday morning, the CTfastrak "Transit Ambassadors" welcomed riders at the new transit stations, in downtown Hartford and on board the buses.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today joined federal, state and local transportation and elected officials at a grand opening ceremony in downtown New Britain to inaugurate service on CTfastrak – Connecticut’s new bus rapid transit service in central Connecticut. CTfastrak operations begin on Saturday, March 28, 2015, starting with nine days of free service for riders.
Bike Walk Connecticut is pleased to offer a bikeway design workshop for transportation professionals on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) and states across the country are promoting National Work Zone Awareness Week from March 23 – 27, 2015.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) and states across the country are promoting National Work Zone Awareness Week from March 23 – 27, 2015. A harsh winter will bring a lot of maintenance activity on our roadways and other projects that have been in a lull during the winter months will start up again in earnest as the warm weather arrives.
Schedule changes on New Haven Line trains will take effect on April 26, 2015.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and Metro-North Railroad this spring will be making critical repairs on the Devon Bridge on the New Haven commuter rail line and doing maintenance work on the Waterbury Branch. These will require temporary busing and schedule adjustments on the New Haven Line. Customers will be notified of changes to schedules through station signing and online updates.
With the release of its 2014 Annual Report, the Connecticut Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board reports that a culture change is under way in the state as a result of a commitment to the concept of “Complete Streets.”
The tractor-trailer accident on I-91 Southbound near Exit 27 has been cleared.
HARTFORD, CT – The Department of Transportation urges residents to take alternative routes home this afternoon and evening, following a tractor trailer rollover just before Exit 27 on I-91 South. In addition to the overturned transport, lumber stored within the vehicle has spilled onto the roadway. The Department of Transportation and the State Police are working as quickly as possible to clear the road for safe travel. However, significant delays are expected to continue into the evening rush hour. The DOT urges residents to take alternative roads home and avoid I-91 South – north of exit 27 – for the next several hours.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program congratulates the Plymouth Public School District as the 2015 Mini-Grant Winner of the National Center for Safe Routes to School (Center) and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads Program.
The CTTransit public hearing that had been scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015, in New Britain has been postponed to Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
With a moderate statewide winter-weather event forecast for Saturday, the DOT has readied its fleet of plow trucks, materials and personnel to clear and salt state roadways. The DOT plow fleet of 632 trucks, stationed at roughly 50 garages around the state, is prepared for deployment as weather conditions evolve. Current forecasts indicate that the entire state fleet will be in use. If needed, the Department can add 200 private contractors to further compliment state plow crews.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) will hold a public hearing in New Britain to gather public comment on changes to bus routes. The changes include an expansion of local and express bus service in the greater Hartford, New Britain, and Bristol service areas and addition of Express bus service between Hartford and Waterbury.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today that $5.75 million approved this morning by the State Bond Commission will be used to advance design plans and address environmental issues for new railroad stations on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Line (NHHS) and the New Haven Line. The funding will be combined with another $4 million in previously approved funding.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today toured the Meriden train station on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) rail corridor, which is the site of an ongoing transit-oriented development (TOD) project with a primary focus on stimulating the area within a half‐mile of the proposed new Meriden Intermodal Center. In his State of the State address on Wednesday, Governor Malloy outlined his long-term vision for investing in upgrading and modernizing Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure.