News from the Connecticut Department of Transportation - 2020

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  • 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.

  • 4/20/2020 Connecticut Department of Transportation Kicks off Work Zone Awareness Week

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and states across the country are promoting National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 20th through 24th, 2020.

  • 4/16/2020 Connecticut Celebrates Transit Workers and Their Efforts during Pandemic

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) paused today to recognize the work of rail and bus public transportation professionals as they work around the clock to keep Connecticut moving and getting other essential workers to hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores, and other critical operations.

  • 4/16/2020 SERVICE CHANGES ANNOUNCED FOR SHORE LINE EAST AND HARTFORD LINE EFFECTIVE MONDAY APRIL 20

    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced rail service changes on Shore Line East and the Hartford Line as part of the State of Connecticut’s coordinated effort to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. The rail schedule changes will go into effect Monday, April 20th and will continue until further notice.