ConnDOT: News from the Connecticut Department of Transportation
News from the Connecticut Department of Transportation
2017
11/27/2017Connecticut Department of Transportation Announces Additional Free Parking, Including Downtown New Britain, for CTfastrak Customers
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced the availability of additional free parking options for CTfastrak customers. CTfastrak customers can park for free in in downtown New Britain at the Szczesny Garage starting Monday, November 27, and a new overflow lot has been added across the street from East Street Station in New Britain.
 
11/14/2017TRAFFIC INCIDENT RESPONSE WEEK NOVEMBER 13-19, 2017
  HARTFORD, CT - National Traffic Incident Response Week is November 13 -19, 2017 to raise public awareness to the dangers responders face when reacting to a traffic incident. Nationally, every year hundreds of responders experience close calls, or are struck and either injured or killed on our highways.
 
11/13/2017GOV. MALLOY: STATE EXPERIENCES SURGE IN RIDERS UTILIZING THE RECENTLY EXPANDED CTTRANSIT BUS SERVICE CONNECTING UCONN’S CAMPUSES
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the state’s recently expanded CTtransit bus route providing UConn students, faculty, and staff the ability to connect – for the first time ever – to the main UConn campus in Storrs, the downtown Hartford UConn campus, and UConn Health in Farmington via public transit is experiencing a surge in ridership, having served over 32,000 passenger trips since its launch on August 13.
 
11/13/2017Bus Service on Danbury Branch Rail Line Nov 17-19
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that from Friday evening, November 17, through Sunday, November 19, rail service will be suspended to accommodate the removal of overhead catenary wires on the Danbury Branch Line. Buses will be substituted for trains between South Norwalk and Danbury during this period.
 
11/6/2017GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES OPENING OF NEW TRAIN STATION IN WALLINGFORD THAT WILL SERVE THE HARTFORD LINE
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today joined Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker and numerous federal, state, and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of the newly constructed train station in Wallingford.
 
10/23/2017CTDOT Releases Proposed Fares for CTrail Hartford Line Rail Service; Launches a 35-day Public Comment Period
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing the proposed fares for the upcoming CTrail Hartford Line rail service and a 35-day comment period. The Department is providing a variety of ways for the public to submit comments on the proposed fares and on the Hartford Line’s Service and Fare Equity (SAFE) Analysis.
 
9/29/2017Oversize / Overweight Permitting System Scheduled to be Offline for 7 Hours to Facilitate System Upgrade – No Permits to be Issued During Outage
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that beginning on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 3 PM, and ending on Thursday, October 12, at 10 PM, the online Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Permitting System will be offline and unavailable for users while the system is upgraded. No permits can be generated during the scheduled outage. Users are urged to obtain any necessary permitting prior to the scheduled outage.
 
9/25/2017New Haven Line Train Schedule Changes Effective October 8
  The MTA today announced that Metro-North Railroad will make a handful of minor adjustments to the New Haven Line schedule, which takes effect on Sunday, October 8.
 
9/25/2017Rail Safety Week -- Sept. 24 - 30
  Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Deputy Commissioner Anna M. Barry today was joined by Department of Motor Vehicle Commissioner Michael Bzdyra and Amtrak Police Captain Tracie McCain to kick off Rail Safety Week. The goal of Rail Safety Week is to increase public awareness about rail safety practices in order to reduce collisions between trains and motor vehicles or pedestrians.
 
9/16/2017CTDOT OPENS NEW MERIDEN PARKING GARAGE FOR RAIL CUSTOMERS
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that it has opened 225 parking spaces in a three-level garage located in downtown Meriden – an improvement that will make parking more convenient for CTrail Hartford Line Meriden station rail passengers and provide easy access to the City’s new transit-oriented development (TOD) sites.
 
9/7/2017Oversize / Overweight Permitting System Scheduled to be Offline for 23 Hours to Facilitate System Upgrade – No Permits to be Issued During Outage
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that beginning on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 3 PM, and ending on Thursday, September 21, at 2 PM, the online Oversize/Overweight Vehicle Permitting System will be offline and unavailable for users while the system is upgraded. No permits can be generated during the scheduled outage. Users are urged to obtain any necessary permitting prior to the scheduled outage.
 
8/30/2017CTDOT to Hold Public Meeting on Walk Bridge Replacement & Upcoming Rail Projects
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will hold a Public Information Meeting at Norwalk City Hall on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5:30 PM. The meeting will provide an update on the environmental and design phases of the Walk Bridge Replacement Project and a construction overview of the CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard Projects.
 
8/29/2017CT Sets Seat Belt Usage Record: 90.3 Percent
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office is today announcing that Connecticut’s seat belt rate has reached an all time high to 90.3 percent, surpassing the national average.
 
8/24/2017U-Pass Program Provides Free Public Transportation for CT College Students
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), in conjunction with the University of Connecticut (UConn) and Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU), today announced the launch of the U-Pass CT program. Students at participating schools can ride public buses and trains within Connecticut by using their U-Pass and showing their valid student ID.
 
8/9/2017CTDOT Selects Contractor for Walk Bridge Projects in Norwalk
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has awarded the contract for the CP243 Interlocking and Danbury Branch Dockyard projects in Norwalk to Cianbro-Middlesex Joint Venture (JV) on August 2, 2017. These projects are part of the Walk Bridge Program.
 
7/24/2017GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES TRANSITAMERICA SERVICES AND ALTERNATE CONCEPTS SELECTED AS SERVICE PROVIDER FOR THE HARTFORD LINE
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that a joint venture of TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts has been selected as the service provider that will operate and manage service on the CTrail Hartford Line – the passenger rail service currently under construction that will provide more frequent train service between New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield. The rail line is anticipated to launch in May 2018.
 
6/12/2017CTDOT offers Opportunity for Food Truck Vendors to Serve the West Haven Train Station
  In response to requests from commuters and the recent success in obtaining a vendor for the Fairfield Metro rail station, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is seeking proposals from interested food truck vendors to operate at the West Haven train station in West Haven, Connecticut. The agency will formally issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) on Monday, June 12, 2017.
 
5/26/2017DRAFT 2018 STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation has prepared a draft 2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan covering 280 projects over the next four years. Public comment is encouraged at two Informational Meetings scheduled for Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at CTDOT Headquarters in Newington.
 
5/23/2017Upgraded Traffic Control Equipment Will Improve Pedestrian Safety at Intersections
  In an effort to improve accessibility and pedestrian safety at intersections, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is developing plans to install new traffic-control signal equipment at intersections around the state.
 
5/19/2017GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES STATE FARM NAMED AS SPONSOR OF HIGHWAY ASSISTANCE MOTORIST PATROL PROGRAM
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced a new sponsorship agreement between the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and State Farm™ that will allow the department to continue the Connecticut Highway Assistance Motorist Patrol (CHAMP).
 
5/18/2017Click It or Ticket Campaign Starts May 22
  As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, State and Local law enforcement are reminding motorists to Buckle Up. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.
 
5/17/2017GOV. MALLOY: New Community Connectivity Grant Program to Provide Funding for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Improved Accessibility
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced the “Community Connectivity Grant Program” (CCGP), an infrastructure improvement program that seeks to provide funding for local initiatives that will improve the safety and accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians in urban, suburban and rural community centers. These community centers serve as places where people can meet for employment, educational, social and recreational activities.
 
5/11/2017CONNECTICUT COMMUTERS ENCOURAGED TO “REBOOT THEIR COMMUTE” DURING CTrides WEEK, MAY 15 – 19, 2017
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy has officially proclaimed May 15 – 19, 2017 as CTrides Week. CTrides is a program of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
 
5/5/2017Shore Line East Initiates Customer Satisfaction Survey
  A customer service and satisfaction survey is underway on Shore Line East -- the commuter railroad between New Haven and New London. Commuters will find the survey on their seats and are encouraged to fill them out and turn them in by Tuesday, May, 9, 2017.
 
5/5/2017CTDOT Launches Website for Albany Avenue Project in Hartford
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation has launched a new website for the Route 44/Albany Avenue Safety Improvements Project in the City of Hartford. The Albany Avenue Hartford Project website provides overall information about the project.
 
5/4/2017CTDOT Initiates Planning for the Future of State’s Rail system
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today the selection of a consultant team to assist the department with planning for the future of the New Haven Line and the entire statewide rail system. Developing the investment program to significantly improve the performance of the rail system is a key element of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Let’s Go CT! 30-year, $100 billion transportation vision.
 
5/3/2017Food Vendor to Begin Service at Fairfield Metro Train Station
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced that Best Food Fast LLC has been selected to operate a food and beverage truck at Fairfield Metro Station in Fairfield beginning Monday, May 8, 2017, during the peak weekday morning rush hours (4:30 to 8:30 a.m.).
 
5/2/2017CTDOT Jumps on Board for National Bike Month
  May is National Bike Month, which is celebrated in communities from coast to coast. This year the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is jumping on board and celebrating National Bike Month by promoting safety, and showcasing the many benefits of bicycling. CTDOT will celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19th.
 
5/2/2017CTDOT ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF THE CENTRAL CONNECTICUT RAIL STUDY
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced the completion of the Central Connecticut Rail Study (CCRS), a Needs and Feasibility Study that identified necessary improvements to the freight rail line between Berlin and Waterbury, Connecticut.
 
4/11/2017Real-time Information for New Haven CTtransit Buses Now Available
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced that real-time bus information for CTtransit’s New Haven Division is now available.
 
4/8/2017Construction Begins on Final Section of Cheshire Trail
  Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee, Town Manager Michael Milone and other state and local officials today held a ceremonial groundbreaking in Cheshire for the last link in a continuous 23-mile section of the East Coast Greenway between New Haven and Southington.
 
4/3/2017Connecticut Department of Transportation Kicks off Work Zone Awareness Week: April 3-7
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) and states across the country are promoting National Work Zone Awareness Week from April 3-7, 2017. Winter always results in a lot of maintenance and construction activity on roads and bridges. Projects that have been dormant during the winter months will start up again in earnest with the traditional start of the construction season April 1.
 
3/29/2017New Spring Train Schedule on Shore Line East
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced a Shore Line East (SLE) spring schedule change that will begin on Monday, April 3, 2017.
 
3/28/2017GOV. MALLOY: TOWNS ALONG CTFASTRAK ROUTE CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT AS SYSTEM REACHES ITS SECOND ANNIVERSARY
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that as CTfastrak reaches its second anniversary, towns and cities with stations along the bus rapid transit system are continuing to benefit from the growth of transit-oriented development as multi-use projects are reinvigorating neighborhoods along its route.
 
3/28/2017CTDOT Donates $10,000 to 'New Haven Promise'
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today presented a $10,000 check to New Haven Promise, an organization providing scholarships to New Haven students pursuing degrees in the field of engineering.
 
3/26/2017Connecticut River Ferries Resume Operations April 1
  The Connecticut River ferries – between Rocky Hill and Glastonbury, and Chester and Hadlyme – will resume operations for the season on Saturday, April 1. Ferry operations are always subject to service interruptions due to weather conditions and high water.
 
3/14/2017UPDATE #6: Travel Ban Lifted; Rail, Bus Service to Return to Normal on Wednesday
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that a statewide travel ban had been lifted and that rail and bus service would gradually return to normal on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
 
3/13/2017CTDOT to Hold Public Meeting on April 12th on Two Rail Projects in Norwalk
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will hold a public meeting at Norwalk City Hall on April 12, 2017, to provide the community with updates on two rail projects starting construction this summer as part of the Walk Bridge Program. These projects will start in advance of the replacement of the 120-year-old Walk Railroad Bridge over the Norwalk River.
 
2/20/2017CTDOT ANNOUNCES $50 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR NHHS RAIL PROGRAM
  Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker today announced that the State Bond Commission approved $50 million in additional funding for the New-Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) Rail Program during its February 1, 2017 meeting.
 
2/9/2017UPDATE: Rail and Bus Service
  Buses and trains should be operating on normal weekday schedules on Friday, February 10, 2017.
 
2/9/2017Bus Transit Services Suspended for this Afternoon, February 9, 2017; New Haven Line Rail Service Continues with Delays
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation and CTtransit, operator of bus services around the state, have announced that bus service is suspended this afternoon because of the severe winter weather. Rail service continues with some delays and cancelations.
 
2/8/2017REVISED and UPDATED -- CTDOT Seeks Food Truck Vendors for Fairfield Metro Train Station
  Note: Because of weather forecasts, the mandatory site visit for interested proposers has been moved to Wednesday, February 15 and the new due date for RFP responses is February 28, 2017. In response to recent requests from commuters, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is seeking one or more food truck vendors to operate on weekday mornings at the Fairfield Metro train station in Fairfield. The agency is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for potential operators this week.
 
1/31/2017CTDOT Unveils New Real Time Travel information Website
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation today is unveiling its new, real-time travel information website - “CT Travel Smart.” The new system can be accessed via computer or smart/mobile devices at www.CTTravelSmart.org.
 
1/24/2017CTDOT Testing for Contamination along I-95 in Stratford
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that it is conducting additional sampling activities after asbestos was found in soil at the site of a CTDOT project involving the reconstruction of Exit 33 on I-95 in Stratford.
 
1/24/2017GOV. MALLOY ANNOUNCES NEW HAVEN LINE SET ALL-TIME RIDERSHIP RECORD DURING 2016
  Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the New Haven commuter rail line saw ridership grow during 2016 with a total of 40.5 million passenger trips during the year – surpassing last year’s total by approximately 20,000 and setting an all-time record, according to newly released data from Metro-North Railroad. The New Haven Line remains the busiest commuter rail line in America.
 
1/11/2017Public Input Requested for Statewide Bus Study
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced today that the second online public workshop regarding Connecticut’s bus system will run until January 20, 2017.
 
1/6/2017Two New 'Tow Plows' Delivered to CTDOT
  The Connecticut Department of Transportation now has two more "tow plows" for snow removal on state roadways.