News from the Connecticut Department of Transportation - 2020

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  • 7/10/2020 Added Service on CTrail Hartford Line and Danbury Line Service Restoration

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing, beginning Monday, July 13, additional train service on the CTrail Hartford Line as well as the resumption of the Danbury Line train service. The Danbury Line service was temporarily replaced with scheduled bus service to accelerate a track-work program that would have otherwise required additional time and further disruption to riders. Waterbury Line train service remains suspended with ongoing track and signal program work that will enable future expanded rail service.

  • 7/2/2020 Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Proposed Service and Fare Equity Policy

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) operates a multimodal public transportation network of commuter rail and bus systems, as well as paratransit services. To ensure fairness and equity in the delivery of these services, CTDOT wishes to engage the public in a collaborative process to develop its public transportation equity policies. The purpose of these policies is to establish clear parameters and procedures to evaluate impacts to minority or economically disadvantaged populations whenever there is a major service or fare change proposal. No major service or fare changes are being proposed at this time.

  • 6/19/2020 CTDOT Receives 37 Million in Federal Grants

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced that it has received more than $37 million in federal grant awards, which will be used to finance more train service on the Hartford Line, rebuild a railroad bridge in Norwalk, purchase three new buses for the CTfastrak service in central Connecticut, and test advanced technologies on the CTfastrak guideway.

  • 6/18/2020 CTDOT Celebrates CTrail Hartford Line 2nd Anniversary

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that in the first two years of service operations, the Hartford Line has carried more than 1.2 million passengers. The service, running from New Haven to Hartford and Springfield, began June 16, 2018.

  • 6/17/2020 CTDOT Reminds Travelers to Wear Masks - Be Aware of Social Distancing and Stay Safe

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced a number of steps it has taken prioritize safety for all users of the transportation system as the state enters Phase 2 of its return to pre-COVID operations.

  • 6/16/2020 REMINDER - CTDOT Sponsoring Poster Contest for Kids

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced a student poster contest for kindergarten through fifth grade school kids to recognize and thank bus drivers and other public transit workers who have become “heroes moving heroes” and “essential workers on wheels” during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 6/8/2020 Connecticut River Ferries Resume Operations

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced the resumption of service by the two ferry services across the Connecticut River, between Rocky Hill and Glastonbury and Chester and Hadlyme, beginning Saturday, June 20, 2020.

  • 6/1/2020 CTDOT Sponsors Student Poster Contest to Thank and Recognize Transit Workers - 'Heroes Moving Heroes'

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced a student poster contest for kindergarten through fifth grade school kids to recognize and thank bus drivers and other public transit workers who have become “heroes moving heroes” and “essential workers on wheels” during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • 5/29/2020 CTrail Hartford Line and Shore Line East Schedule Changes and Additional Trains

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced additional weekday trains on the Hartford Line beginning Monday, June 1, and several schedule adjustments on Shore Line East.

  • 5/28/2020 Shore Line East 30th Anniversary

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced the 30th Anniversary of the Shore Line East train service. Shore Line East began train service began on May 29, 1990. The fledgling service began with only six trains each weekday between Old Saybrook and New Haven. In 1996, the Department extended service to New London. In 2001, the Department offered limited express service to Bridgeport and Stamford. Prior to recent service reductions due to COVID-19, Shore Line East provides 36 trains per weekday and 21 trains per day on weekends and holidays.

  • 5/27/2020 CTDOT TO HOST ONLINE PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING MANRESA ISLAND AS PART OF WALK BRIDGE PROGRAM

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is hosting an online public information meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, to discuss the potential use of a portion of Manresa Island in Norwalk as part of the Walk Bridge Replacement Project.

  • 5/15/2020 MTAC and Berkshire Energy Depot to buy Meals for Truck Drivers

    The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) and Berkshire Energy Depot will be purchasing meals for commercial truck drivers on Friday, May 15 at the I-91 Southbound rest area in Wallingford, MTAC announced today.

  • 5/12/2020 Bus Service on the Danbury Branch Rail Line beginning Saturday, May 16

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced the start of substitute bus service on the Danbury Branch commuter rail line, beginning Saturday, May 16, 2020. Ridership has been down since the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic; buses will allow riders to maintain social distancing, and will have the added benefit of allowing rail line infrastructure improvements to progress more quickly.

  • 5/8/2020 CTDOT and State Police Launch Please Do Not Speed Initiative

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and the Connecticut State Police today announced an initiative using electronic highway signs aimed at getting drivers to slow down during the COVID-19 crisis, which has sharply reduced highway traffic volumes, and, at the same time, resulted in a spike in speeding, as well as extreme and dangerously high speeds.

  • 4/22/2020 CTDOT Marks Earth Day

    In observation of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today provided an update on its ongoing “active transportation” efforts to invest in bicycle and pedestrian trails and pathways, as well as signage, sidewalk and intersection enhancements.