ConnDOT: News from the Connecticut Department of Transportation
News from the Connecticut Department of Transportation
2016
12/21/2016Open House on Albany Avenue (Hartford) Reconstruction Project
  The City of Hartford is hosting a public open house and presentation in collaboration with the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (CTDOT) Office of State Highway Design on Thursday, January 5, 2017, from 1:00pm – 7:30pm at the Artists Collective Building, 1200 Albany Avenue, Hartford CT., to update the community about the upcoming Albany Avenue (Route 44) Reconstruction Project.
 
12/15/2016CTDOT Initiates Danbury I-84 Project
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has initiated the planning process for the rebuilding of an eight-mile, heavily congested stretch of I-84 between Exits 3 and 8 in Danbury – a project that will improve safety, increase capacity, and improve operations and access to the highway.
 
11/29/2016GOV. MALLOY AND CTDOT DEBUT NEW SNOW PLOWS THAT CAN CLEAR TWO HIGHWAY LANES IN ONE PASS
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker today debuted the state’s new fleet of three tow-behind plows that are capable of clearing snow and ice from two full highway lanes in a single pass.
 
11/28/2016CTDOT Reminder: Rail and Bus Fare Increases Take Effect in December
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation today reminded rail and bus riders that fare increases will take effect in December. In preparing for budget reductions, CTDOT decided to implement fare increases rather than cut service.
 
11/28/2016Public Info Meeting on Walk Bridge Structure on Dec. 5
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) in conjunction with the City of Norwalk and Norwalk elected officials will hold a public information meeting to discuss the results of the analysis that was undertaken during the bridge structure type studies for the replacement of the Walk Bridge on Monday, December 5, 2016, at the Maritime Aquarium IMAX Theater, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the presentation starting at 6:30 p.m.
 
11/19/2016New Section of Cheshire Trail Opens
  Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker and Cheshire Town Manager Michael A. Milone today announced the opening of a 2.4-mile section of a bicycle/pedestrian trail in the town of Cheshire – part of a continuous 23-mile section of the East Coast Greenway between New Haven and Southington.
 
11/17/2016GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF Q-BRIDGE/I-95 NEW HAVEN HARBOR CROSSING CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James Redeker and other officials today announced the substantial completion of the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program, a multi-modal transportation project designed to increase capacity and safety and reduce congestion in the area. As of today, all major roadwork has been completed and travel lanes opened for use.
 
11/16/2016MTA Metro-North Railroad to Receive Up to 94 Additional M8 Cars for the New Haven Line
  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board today approved an order for at least 60, and up to a total of 94 additional new M8 rail cars that provide train service on Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line.
 
11/14/2016Q Bridge Project Wins Top National Award
  The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation has earned the Grand Prize in the 2016 America’s Transportation Awards competition.
 
11/4/2016CTDOT and DPH Testing for Contamination along I-95 in Stratford
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced today that air and ground sampling and monitoring will be conducted after asbestos was found in the soil at the site of a CTDOT project involving the design and reconstruction of Exit 33 on I-95 in Stratford. Preliminary indications are that there is no immediate threat to public health, according to the two state agencies.
 
11/3/2016Danbury Train Station Parking Lot to be Closed Beginning Friday, Nov. 4
  In order to accommodate maintenance activities, the parking lot at the Danbury train station will be closed from Friday, November 4, to Friday, November 18, 2016. Parking permits will be honored at the adjacent Liberty Street parking lot. Passengers requiring handicapped parking are advised to use the Bethel station or find other alternatives.
 
10/31/2016Public Information Meeting to Present Feasibility Study Regarding a Shared Use Path Connection from the Hop River Trail to Quarry Road in Bolton
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) will conduct a public information meeting to present the findings of Project No. 12-98, a feasibility study that investigated a potential shared use path connection between the Hop River Trail and Quarry Road in Bolton, on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at the Bolton Senior Center, 104 Notch Road, Bolton, Connecticut. The presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m.
 
10/28/2016GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES NEW PLATFORM OPENING AT BRANFORD STATION ON SHORE LINE EAST
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commission James P. Redeker and other state and local officials today marked the completion of a new platform at the Branford railroad station on Shore Line East – the commuter rail line between New Haven and New London. Trains are scheduled to begin utilizing the new platform on Saturday, November 5.
 
10/24/2016CTDOT Initiates Rail Noise Mitigation Efforts
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced that Connecticut would become the first state in New England to install automated horn systems, commonly known as wayside horns, at various rail at-grade crossings. Installed as part of CTDOT’s noise mitigation efforts along the CTrail Hartford Line, the first horn will be operational at the end of October at the Cooper Street grade crossing in Meriden.
 
10/24/2016Public Information Sessions Scheduled for Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and Map Update
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation will conduct four public information sessions to present information and gather input on the 2017 Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and Map Update. The purpose of the sessions is to introduce the public to the update process as well as to showcase preliminary information.
 
10/19/2016CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT END BID FOR TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AT STAMFORD STATION
  Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker and Office of Policy and Management (OPM) Secretary Ben Barnes announced today the state is discontinuing negotiations with Stamford Manhattan Development Ventures (SMDV) for a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) project at the Stamford Transportation Center. After three years of negotiations, CTDOT and OPM concluded that it would not be in the best interest of the state to proceed any further with negotiations in this matter.
 
10/19/2016CTDOT Initiates I-95 Corridor Study
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is launching a study of safety, rail, bus and traffic improvements, and the potential for economic development along the I-95 corridor from Greenwich to North Stonington. The initiative is part of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s 30-year, $100 billion transportation vision known as “Let’s Go CT.”
 
10/14/2016Connecticut Seat Belt Usage Rate Increases to 89.4 Percent
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office today announced that Connecticut’s 2016 seat belt rate has increased to a record 89.4 percent, up from 85.4 percent in 2015.
 
10/11/2016GOV. MALLOY SAYS THE STATE IS CONTINUING TO MAKE PROGRESS BUILDING THE HARTFORD COMMUTER RAIL LINE AS STATE-OF-THE-ART CONSTRUCTION MACHINE BEGINS OPERATIONS
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker today unveiled the mammoth Track Construction Machine (TCM) that is now being used to double-track portions of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) passenger rail line, which is now being branded as the CTrail Hartford Line. Building a second track parallel to the existing single track, which is currently used by Amtrak trains, will allow more frequent train service and more efficient train movements when the CTrail Hartford Line, which will allow frequent, commuter rail service between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, begins operations in January 2018.
 
10/7/2016Metro-North to Provide Substitute Bus Service On Danbury Branch Weekends of 10/8 and 10/15
  MTA Metro-North Railroad advises customers that substitute busing will be in effect on the Danbury Branch this weekend: October 8 - October 9, and next weekend: October 15 – 16.
 
10/3/2016Rail and Bus Fare Increases to Take Effect in December
  Fare increases on Connecticut’s rail and bus systems will take effect in December, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker announced today. Train fares will go up 6 percent, including a previously approved 1 percent increase; bus fares will go up 16.7 percent, or 25 cents on a single one-way CTtransit bus trip.
 
9/30/2016Public Hearing for the Walk Bridge Replacement Project to be held November 17th
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will conduct a public hearing on the Environmental Assessment/Section 4(f) Evaluation and Environmental Impact Evaluation (EA/EIE) of the Walk Bridge Replacement Project on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Concert Hall at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk. The public is invited to review informational exhibits at 6 PM and to attend the public hearing at 7 PM.
 
9/28/2016CTDOT Announces Modified Operating Hours at Highway Rest Areas
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today reminded motorists that modified operating schedules for highway rest areas will take effect Friday, September 30, 2016.
 
9/26/2016Connecticut Department of Transportation Presents Plans to Expand CTfastrak Service to Towns East of Hartford
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will present the results of its CTfastrak Expansion Planning Study to the public at an Open House on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 4:30 PM to 8 PM at the Whiton Memorial Library, 100 North Main Street in Manchester.
 
9/22/2016Town of Litchfield Seeks Bridge Consultant
  The TOWN of LITCHFIELD, Connecticut, seeks to engage a Consulting Engineering firm to provide engineering services for the preparation of construction contract plans and documents for four bridge projects.
 
9/22/2016Shore Line East Weekend Schedule Changes
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced some minor weekend schedule changes on Shore Line East, the commuter rail line between New Haven and New London, to accommodate track maintenance. The changes will take effect Saturday, September 24, 2016.
 
9/16/2016Connecticut Receives the Governors Highway Safety Association, Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award for Highway Safety
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) along with the University of Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (CTSRC), has received national recognition for its state of the art motor vehicle crash reporting system and development of the Connecticut Crash Data Repository.
 
9/14/2016CTfastrak "Rentschler Flyer" Begins Direct Transit Service This Saturday To UConn Football Games At Pratt & Whitney Stadium In East Hartford
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced today that the CTfastrak "Rentschler Flyer Route 120" bus service to all Saturday University of Connecticut home football games at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford will start this Saturday as UConn plays the University of Virginia at 1.30 p.m.
 
9/13/2016GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES DECISION TO PURCHASE 60 ADDITIONAL RAIL CARS FOR EXPANDED CAPACITY ON THE NEW HAVEN LINE
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that as the New Haven Line continues to experience all-time high record ridership numbers, the State of Connecticut will soon purchase an additional 60 M-8 rail cars to add to its recently launched, state-of-the-art fleet servicing the line, which remains the busiest commuter rail line in the nation.
 
9/9/2016El equipo del Proyecto I-84 Hartford está organizando el décimo Estudio Abierto de Planificación para mediados de septiembre
  El equipo del Departamento de Transporte de Connecticut (CTDOT por sus siglas en inglés) para el Proyecto I-84 Hartford Viaducto ha anunciado que llevará a cabo un Estudio Abierto de Planificación el martes, 13 de septiembre del 2016 de 12 p.m. a 8 p.m. en el Fellowship Hall de la Iglesia Immanuel Congregational, 10 Woodland Street en Hartford.
 
9/9/2016I-84 Hartford Project Team to Host 10th Open Planning Studio in September
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) I-84 Hartford Viaduct team has announced that it will host its tenth Open Planning Studio on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from noon to 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland Street, in Hartford.
 
9/9/2016Lane Closures for Bridge Inspections, September 12-16, 2016
  Lane closures for bridge safety inspections and evaluations will be required around Connecticut, September 12-16, 2016, weather permitting. View the complete list and plan ahead. (NB and SB mean northbound and southbound; EB and WB mean eastbound and westbound.)
 
9/8/2016GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES I-84 HARTFORD VIADUCT PROJECT MOVES FORWARD AS ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS BEGINS
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will soon begin the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the I-84 Hartford Viaduct Project – a major step in the process to replace the 50-year-old elevated structure through downtown Hartford.
 
9/8/2016Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry to Close Mondays
  The Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry across the Connecticut River will be closed on Mondays due to a staff shortage, until further notice.
 
9/6/2016Walk Bridge Replacement Project Environmental Assessment Released
  The Environmental Assessment for the Walk Railroad Bridge replacement project in Norwalk has been published, triggering a 45-day comment period that will include a public hearing on October 6, 2016.
 
8/30/2016GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES CTFASTRAK HAS SURPASSED FOUR MILLION RIDERS
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that CTfastrak – Connecticut's recently launched bus rapid transit system – has passed a significant milestone, having carried over four million riders since its launch on March 28, 2015. During the month of July 2016 alone, passengers rode CTfastrak buses more than 259,000 times, or over 10,000 passenger boardings on an average weekday – that’s an increase of more than 23 percent over July 2015, demonstrating that usage overall in the corridor is increasing significantly.
 
8/18/2016Gov. Malloy Announces New Haven Line Commuters Will Soon be able to Purchase Rail Tickets with Smartphone App
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Connecticut Department of Transportation, (CTDOT) and Metro-North Railroad today announced that commuters on the New Haven Line - including the New Canaan, Danbury, and Waterbury branch lines - will soon be able to purchase train tickets utilizing an app on their mobile devices, providing added convenience to commuters. Once on board, commuters will simply need to show the digital ticket on their smartphone device to the conductor.
 
8/17/2016CTDOT to Test Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System (UAV) for Bridge Inspection
  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, August 23, 2016, the CTDOT will utilize an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to perform limited visual bridge inspection tasks on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge.
 
8/16/2016CTDOT Rail & Bus Fare Hearings Schedule
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced a series of public hearings around the state and is inviting the public to comment on proposed bus and rail fare increases.
 
8/15/2016CTDOT Selects Firm to Recommend Options for I-84 Waterbury ‘Mixmaster’
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation has selected a design and engineering team led by HNTB Corporation to study and recommend options for replacing the Route 8 / I-84 interchange in Waterbury, popularly known as the “Mixmaster.”
 
8/9/2016Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry to Close Mondays in August
  The Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry across the Connecticut River will be closed on the remaining Mondays in August – the 15th, 22nd and 29th – due to a staff shortage. There will be a full schedule during Labor Day week, after which staffing requirements will be re-evaluated.
 
8/2/2016CTDOT Completes another Innovative Bridge Project
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced that is has completed another innovative bridge project using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques – this one in Middlefield on Route 147 where it crosses Meadow Brook – completed in nine days.
 
7/27/2016Ribbon Cut for Newly Completed Route 8/25 Bridges
  Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker today cut a ribbon to mark the completion of one of the department’s most innovative and complex bridge projects – the accelerated replacement of four bridges on Route 8/25 in Bridgeport using a “Design-Build” process that sharply reduces the length of construction and minimizes impacts on traffic.
 
7/26/2016Public Input Requested for Connecticut Statewide Bus Study
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that an online public workshop regarding Connecticut’s bus system will begin on July 25 and conclude on August 5, 2016.
 
7/22/2016CTDOT Prepares for $37 Million Budget Impact
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has prepared a plan to implement the FY 2017 budget that began July 1, which will include both expenditure reductions across the Department’s budget and increased rail and bus fares that will collectively balance the CTDOT budget while preserving service.
 
7/13/2016CTDOT Seeks Sponsor for CHAMP Highway Service Patrol Sponsor
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced that it is seeking private sponsorship for the Connecticut Highway Assistance Motorist Patrol (CHAMP) roadway service patrol program. As part of the sponsorship selection process, a request for proposals (RFP) is being issued through the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services contracting portal.
 
7/7/2016Nearly Two-Mile Stretch of Route 136 in Westport Designated as Scenic Road
  Following a detailed review process by the Scenic Roads Advisory Committee, the Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nearly 2-mile portion of Route 136 in Westport has been officially designated as a “Scenic Roadway.”
 
6/30/2016GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES ‘Q BRIDGE’ TO BE LIT RED, WHITE AND BLUE FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven – informally known as the Q Bridge – will be lit in red, white, and blue this weekend in observation of Independence Day. This will be the first time the recently renovated bridge will receive a full lighting, which will include the towers, anchor piers, and cable stays. This is the first bridge in Connecticut with this type of versatile, commemorative lighting.
 
6/24/2016Gov. Malloy: Innovative Solution to Long-Standing Route 9 Traffic Issues
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced plans to resolve several long-standing traffic issues along Route 9 in Middletown – plans that include raising the highway, removing two traffic signals now on the highway, a reconfiguring of entrance/exit ramps and a bicycle/pedestrian bridge connecting downtown Middletown and the park along the Connecticut River.
 
6/9/2016Torrington – Waterbury Bus Route to Begin June 13, 2016
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that a new CTtransit bus route operating between Torrington, Thomaston and Waterbury will begin on Monday, June 13, 2016.
 
6/9/2016El equipo del Proyecto I-84 Hartford está organizando el noveno Estudio Abierto de Planificación para mediados de junio
  El Departamento de Transporte de Connecticut (CTDOT por sus siglas en inglés) ha anunciado que llevará a cabo un Estudio Abierto de Planificación el miércoles, 15 de junio del 2016 de 12 p.m. a 8 p.m. en el Centro de Recreación Arroyo, 30 Pope Park Drive en Hartford.
 
6/7/2016Q Bridge Program Wins National Award for Innovation
  Today, seven northeastern states' departments of transportation -- including Connecticut's -- became the first in 2016 to claim awards in a national competition highlighting excellence in construction projects that improve travel safety, reduce roadway congestion and provide more mobility options.
 
6/2/2016CTfastrak First Year Report Issued
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation today released the CTfastrak First Year Report – a review of the operating, marketing and outreach activities since the new Bus Rapid Transit system's launch on March 28, 2015.
 
5/26/2016CTDOT and Metro-North Railroad Sign ‘Partnering Letter’ To Ensure Collaborative Path Forward on Walk Bridge Replacement
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation and Metro-North Railroad have signed a “partnering letter,” agreeing to a collaborative effort as plans are finalized to replace the Walk railroad bridge – the 120-year-old bridge over the Norwalk River that swings open and closed to accommodate marine traffic below.
 
5/26/2016Statewide Public Safety Awareness Campaign Reminds Residents to Stay Vigilant
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is reminding residents, especially users of public transportation, to be alert and prepared to report suspicious activity. On Monday, May 30, 2016, the transit security campaign will be relaunched to remind residents of this important safety message.
 
5/25/2016I-84 Hartford Project Team to Host 9th Open Planning Studio in June; One Day Entirely in Spanish
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has announced that it will host its ninth Open Planning Studio on Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Arroyo Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Drive, in Hartford. The activities on June 14th will be conducted in English. The activities on June 15th will be conducted in Spanish.
 
5/20/2016Freight Car Derailment Means some Busing for Shore Line East Commuters
  A freight car derailed on Shore Line East on Friday, forcing Amtrak to schedule buses for commuters between Old Saybrook and New London.
 
5/19/2016Metro-North Commuter Service to Return to Normal for Friday Morning Commute
  Metro-North Railroad today announced that, as expected, it will return to its regular weekday schedule for Friday, May 20. The railroad has completed major but temporary repairs to a small section of the railroad’s Park Avenue Viaduct that was damaged in a massive fire at a street-level business at E. 118th Street on Tuesday evening.
 
5/18/2016UPDATE: Metro-North Service for Thursday, May 19, 2016
  Metro-North commuter trains will continue to run on a Saturday schedule on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
 
5/14/2016Officials Celebrate Connection between Air Line and Hop River Trails
  State and local officials today marked the completion of a new bridge connecting the Air Line and Hop River trails in Windham – a key link in a larger regional network that is part of an ongoing program to close gaps in the East Coast Greenway bike and pedestrian trail project throughout Connecticut.
 
5/12/2016Ribbon Cut for New Bridge in Chester
  Commissioner Redeker today joined other state and local officials to cut a ribbon on a new bridge in Chester.
 
5/12/2016CONNECTICUT COMMUTERS ENCOURAGED TO SHARE A RIDE DURING CTrides WEEK, MAY 16 – 20, 2016
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy has officially proclaimed May 16 - 20, 2016 as CTrides Week. CTrides is a special initiative of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. During CTrides Week, CTDOT invites Connecticut commuters to try alternative methods of travel and enjoy a better daily commute.
 
4/21/2016Temporary Train Boarding Platform to Open April 25 in Berlin
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is announcing that a temporary boarding platform will be established at the site of the Berlin train station beginning April 25, while a new station is built at the existing location at 51 Depot Road.
 
4/20/2016Community Connectivity Program – Road Safety Audits Announced
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced Road Safety Audits (RSAs) will be conducted in 81 communities that submitted applications to CTDOT earlier this year. The Road Safety Audits are a component of the “Community Connectivity Program,” designed to improve conditions for walking and bicycling to and within urban, suburban and rural community centers.
 
4/19/2016CTfastrak "East of the River" Transit Study Recommends Expansion of Local Bus Service
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced plans to expand bus service in communities east of Hartford beginning in August 2016.
 
4/7/20162016 Distracted Driving Enforcment Campaign Begins
  The Connecticut Highway Safety Office is kicking off its annual Distracted Driving Campaign as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The effort will span through the month of April, kicking off on the 4th and running through the 30th. The effort will ramp up again in August from the 3rd to the 16th.
 
4/5/2016New Online ‘Dashboard’ Created for Transportation Initiatives
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced the launch of a new interactive online tool, or “dashboard,” to track the progress of the state’s new Transportation Ramp-Up Program.
 
4/4/2016Metro-North Makes Service Improvements
  Metro-North Railroad has implemented a number of schedule changes designed to improve service and on-time performance. Also, starting on Monday, April 4, two Quiet Cars will be available on every weekday train, both rush hour and non-rush hour service.
 
4/1/2016CTDOT Launches Walk Railroad Bridge Website
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced the launch of a new website for the Walk Bridge Program as part of its ongoing effort to keep the public informed as this railroad bridge project in Norwalk advances.
 
4/1/2016CTDOT Seeks Service Provider for CTrail Hartford Line
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a service provider on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield intercity rail line, now branded as the CTrail Hartford Line. The RFP is open only to those service providers approved and “short-listed” after a Request for Qualifications issued by CTDOT in 2014.
 
3/28/2016CTfastrak Celebrates First Year of Service
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, along with other state and local officials, today marked the first anniversary of operations for CTfastrak, the state’s first Bus Rapid Transit system. Over the last year, the CTfastrak system surpassed its first year ridership goal of 11,180 daily passenger trips and has doubled the daily ridership in the corridor.
 
3/22/2016Public Info Meeting on Farmington Commuter Lot Plans -- March 30, 2016
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will conduct a Public Information Meeting on March 30, 2016, concerning design of a commuter parking lot located off Colt Highway at South Road in the town of Farmington.
 
3/18/2016Two Levels of the Stamford Train Station Garage to Reopen Monday
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced the Station Place Parking Garage at the Stamford Transportation Center will reopen on Monday, March 21, at 5 a.m. The newly reopened garage will provide approximately 300 spaces for customers on the ground and top floors of the garage.
 
3/16/2016CTfastrak Open House on April 4 in West Hartford
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced today that it will be hosting a CTfastrak Transit-Oriented Development Open House event at the Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford on Monday, April 4, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m.
 
3/10/2016CTDOT and UConn Launch Household Travel Survey
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), in partnership with the Connecticut Transportation Institute at the University of Connecticut (CTI at UCONN), is sponsoring the Connecticut Statewide Transportation Study this spring to capture trips traveled on Connecticut highways, roads, trails and sidewalks.
 
3/9/2016Temporary Boarding Platform to Open March 28 in Meriden
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation announced today that a temporary boarding platform will be established at the site of the Meriden train station while a new station is built at the existing location, 60 State Street. The station project will also require the permanent closing of Brooks Street between Colony Street and State Street later this month.
 
2/29/2016CTDOT Announces Selection of Ticket Vending Machine System Contractor for CTrail Hartford Line
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced that it has selected a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) System contractor for the CTrail Hartford Line (formerly referred to as the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Line). The $3.4 million contract was awarded to Trapeze Software Group, Inc., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, through a competitive procurement process.
 
2/9/2016New 200-Space Parking Facility Opens at Old Saybrook Train Station
  Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman today joined Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker and other state and local officials in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of a new 200-space parking facility at the Old Saybrook train station on Shore Line East – the commuter rail line between New Haven and New London.
 
2/3/2016FRA Extends Comment Period for NEC FUTURE
  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that it will extend the formal comment period for the NEC FUTURE Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Tier 1 Draft EIS) until February 15, 2016.
 
2/3/2016GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES NEW HAVEN LINE SETS ALL-TIME RIDERSHIP RECORD
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that ridership on the New Haven commuter rail line for 2015 surpassed 40.3 million passenger trips – up two percent from the prior year and setting an all-time record, according to newly released data from Metro-North Railroad. The New Haven Line is the busiest commuter rail line in America. In 2014, ridership was 39.6 million.
 
2/1/2016Transportation Planners to Present Options for CTfastrak to Storrs
  Students, employees and others interested in the possibility of regularly scheduled, easy bus transportation between the University of Connecticut Storrs campus and central Connecticut are encouraged to attend two presentations on the options on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 2 & 3, at the Student Union Building.
 
1/24/2016CT Bus Service Returns to Normal; Train Service Being Phased In
  In the wake of the weekend blizzard, CTtransit bus service has returned to a normal schedule.
 
1/14/2016Major Series of Transportation Surveys To Begin This Month
  As part of the "Let's Go CT!" plan, Connecticut's 30-year transportation initiative, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced a series of transportation surveys in order to collect data for several transportation studies.
 
1/11/2016Public Forum Scheduled for Westport Scenic Road Request
  A public forum has been scheduled for January 21, 2016, to discuss a request to designate part of Route 136 in Westport as a "Scenic Road."
 
1/7/2016DOT Releases Five-Year Capital Plan for All Modes of Transportation
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) today released its $9.7 billion five-year Capital Plan – covering fiscal years 2016-2020 and including projects in all modes of transportation – highways and bridges, public transportation, ports and waterways and bicycle/pedestrian enhancements. DOT updates the plan annually detailing spending plans for 2016 and planned investments through 2020.
 
1/4/2016GOV. MALLOY: STATE MOVES AGGRESSIVELY TO MAKE CONNECTICUT’S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM BEST-IN-CLASS
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today joined Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker to highlight steps forward Connecticut took in 2015 to transform its transportation infrastructure into a best-in-class system that supports economic growth and sustained development for its residents.