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CT Winter 2009 Cover: Transit in Connecticut

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  • A New England Perspective on Important Trends and Issues (PDF) (67 KB)
    by David L. White
    We may be in the midst of an economic downturn, but that doesn't alter the following reality: that numerous convincing reasons remain for expanding nonemergency medical transportation (NEMT) programs at the federal, state and local levels. This issue is as important as any facing the future of community and public transportation. There are three major areas that demand our attention: Medicaid, Medicare and our veterans' health care system.

  • Building Connecticut's 21st Century Transportation System (PDF) (322 KB)
    by Gloria Mills
    Every day more Connecticut residents demonstrate that riding the bus to work and other destinations makes sense for their pocketbook, the air they breathe, and the state's economy. Ridership is increasing in Connecticut and both the public and businesses alike are calling for expanded transit service.

  • Connecticut's Committment to Mobility Options (PDF) (206 KB)
    by Michael A. Sanders
    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) is both a typical and unique DOT. As with most DOTs, ConnDOT owns and maintains the highway system. But ConnDOT also owns and operates Bradley International Airport, the second-largest airport in New England; six general aviation airports; the New Haven Line -- the single most heavily traveled commuter rail line in the nation; Shore Line East commuter rail from New London to New Haven; CTTransit -- the brand name for public bus service in the state that provides over 80 percent of the total statewide bus ridership of 37,000,000 passenger trips annually; the State Pier in New London; and two passenger ferries across the Connecticut River.

  • The CT Interview: David A. Lee (PDF) (74 KB)
    David A. Lee is the General Manager of Connecticut Tranit (CT TRANSIT). He has been with the company for 24 years, serving as the general manager since 1995. CT TRANSIT is a division of the Connecticut Department of Transportation and operates in six service districts, including Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, New Britan and Bristol and Meridian.

  • CTS: Managing Quality Transportation Across Connecticut (PDF) (163 KB)
    by Scott Bogren
    From a four-story brick building along Main Street, Coordinated Transportation Solutions (CTS) provides over a million trips a year, all without operating a single vehicle of its own.

  • Norwalk Transit District (PDF) (199 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    Along the coastal inlets and oyster beds of Connecticut's southwestern panhandle lies the city of Norwalk. First chartered as a town in 1651, the city and surrounding region proudly proclaim its motto as "The Right Place, The Right Time." It's a theme that fittingly applies to its transit system, operated by the Norwalk Transit District.

  • The HART of the Matter (PDF) (751 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    The vibrant Housatonic region bridging northern Fairfield and southern Litchfield counties is an assemblage of small urban centers like Danbury and Bethel and longestablished towns and villages nestled in the rolling hills and valleys formed by the Housatonic River. About an hour north of New York City and the same distance west of Hartford, residents of these venerable communities have long recognized the need to take advantage of their region's prosperity by accessing its attractions and destinations. That spirit is made possible through the work of Housatonic Area Regional Transit (HART).

  • The Milford Transit District: Riding a Wave of Success (PDF) (330 KB)
    by Scott Bogren
    The Milford Transit District serves the area's more than 50,000 residents with a mix of three fixed routes, a portion of the state's Coastal Link connection, demandresponse service and non-emergency medical service and even operates the parking lot at the Milford train station. It's a balancing act meeting the growing transit demand of a community that has a sizable commuter population to New York City, as well as the specialized needs of an aging population and people with disabilities. Managing this demand is the role of the transit district and its leader, Henry Jadach.

  • The Northwest's Passage to Regional Mobility (PDF) (240 KB)
    by Rich Sampson
    South of the Massachusetts border and east of New York's stretch of the Litchfield Hills lies the origins of the Naugatuck River Valley. Although Connecticut is among the nation's most densely-populated states, its northwestern quadrant is perhaps its most rural. Connecting 16 towns in Litchfield County are the services of the Northwestern Connecticut Transit District, headquartered in Torrington, Conn.

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