Norman Garrick discusses what happens when you start to change your infrastructure from being pedestrian supported to auto supported. Case in point, the City of Hartford, which had at one point 15,000 parking spaces when it was a more walkable place. Today, it has 45,000 parking spaces and less jobs that it did then. To see what that means in terms of city destruction, you only have to wait till the end of the discussion to see the destruction that has on a city's soul. In plain terms, making way for automobility decreases the efficiency of cities.
Southern Connecticut is blessed to have the Metro-North Railroad serve our historic coastal downtowns, the communities that grew up along the old Boston Post Road. These were once walkable places with a strong sense of community that have been degraded by traffic and traffic-inducing development. Connecticut is focusing on future transit projects, but what about these town centers that are already well served by transit?... Read On
After years of debate, a crucial decision about the future of mass transit in central Connecticut is coming down to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Supporters and critics of the proposed $569 million busway spent three hours Monday pitching their cases to the governor in a private meeting at the Capitol...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named the five cities that will be the first to participate in the Greening America's Capitals program and receive free expert assistance to turn their towns into models of sustainable design... Read On
Growing Economy, Shrinking Emissions: A Transit-Oriented Future for Connecticut's Capital Region illustrates a strategy for growth in Greater Hartford that expands housing and transit options while reducing our transportation-related carbon emissions... Read On
If I-84 was called "the Danbury-to-Union Expressway," would it be a boondoggle? Advocates of mass transit say the answer to that question is important to understanding the cases for three big transportation proposals - a busway between New Britain and Hartford, high-speed rail from Springfield to New Haven, and perhaps, commuter trains linking Waterbury and Hartford.... Read On
For the past half-century, city leaders in Hartford have worked hard to satisfy what they deemed to be a critical need - the need for more parking, so that downtown Hartford could compete with suburban office parks and shopping centers...
Parts of downtown Hartford are very attractive, but other areas suffer from serious structural problems. The Aetna Viaduct, the elevated portion of I-84, divides downtown in half, walls off adjoining neighborhoods and wastes land. .....
If you haven't ridden a bus lately, you may be surprised at how far bus transit has come. Over the past few decades, buses have begun to shed their reputation as slow, exhaust-wheezing clunkers and develop a more modern look, feel and ride. Today, bus service in places including Los Angeles, Cleveland and even New York is starting to mimic good rail service....Read On