Capitol Region Council of Government’s Long Range Transportation Plan
The Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) is developing its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), a plan which lays out a vision for the region’s transportation system over the next 25 years. The LRTP is a federally-mandated plan that determines the region’s priorities for spending federal transportation funds in the region. As the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), CRCOG develops this plan to form the core of its transportation planning program. This plan will:
- Identify key transportation goals, policies, and priorities to meet the access and mobility needs of the CRCOG region
- Identify innovative funding mechanisms to help finance the region’s important transportation priorities
- Develop a fiscally-constrained implementation plan for the region’s priority transportation projects
- Meet federally-mandated requirements to incorporate performance measures into the plan
The last revision to the LRTP was an interim plan update that CRCOG published in 2015. The interim plan was necessary due to the timing of ongoing changes in new federal requirements mandating that CRCOG develop and incorporate performance measures and targets into the plan. Since CRCOG needed to update its plan before those metrics were ready, the decision was made to postpone a major update until the metrics were fully developed.
This Long Range Transportation Plan will be fully compliant with federal requirements. It will incorporate performance measures and cover CRCOG’s entire 38-municipality region. Called “Connect 2045,” this current planning effort focuses on addressing regional efforts to improve mobility and access throughout the region.
Mobility can be defined as any type of movement of persons or things, or the ability to get from place to place. Today, it typically refers to bicyclists, pedestrians, persons who use wheelchairs or walkers, automobiles, buses, trains, streetcars/trams, vans, trucks, airplanes and marine traffic, to name some of the more common modes. Access, or Accessibility, as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), is a measure of how easy it is for persons and businesses to reach a variety of locations. USDOT notes there are many factors that affect Mobility and Access, including the availability and cost of transportation, the infrastructure to facilitate it, population growth, and economic fluctuations. Another key component related to Access is choice – more options for travel modes and destinations will lead to greater access. CRCOG’s transportation future will be defined by how well both Mobility and Access in the region are enhanced and improved over the coming decades.
Mobility comes in a wide range of options and is intended to provide access to daily activities such as getting to work, going to the grocery store and medical appointments, interacting with friends and family, or moving goods, as example. The overall idea is to connect people and goods with places with as many transportation options as possible. Below are the most common modes of transportation:
Pedestrian – Every trip a person takes starts and ends as a pedestrian. Gaps in sidewalk networks and outdated pedestrian signals are common causes for poor pedestrian behavior.
Bicycle – Bicycles provide a convenient and healthy alternative opposed to driving. There are few facilities in Connecticut that provide the safety or comfort needed to entice more trips.
Bus – Bus transit offers fairly rapid service for a large portion of residents. Most notable is the addition of the Ctfastrak from New Britain to Hartford.
Train – Rail service in the region consists of both passenger and freight. The movement of goods using trains removes heavy vehicles from the highways and reduces the wear and tear on the aging highway system. The recent opening of the New Haven, Hartford, Springfield Line for passenger service offers key links both locally and regionally.
Automobile – One of the most widely used forms of transportation mostly because of convenience. Congestion and traffic crashes are always obstacles to face when choosing to drive; in some circumstances driving may be the only viable mode to reach a destination.
Airplane – The region includes Bradley International Airport, along with other smaller airports such as Brainerd Airport. Bradley Airport offers access to many destinations as well as serving as a freight hub for moving goods. Bradley continues to take on a greater and greater role in the region as congestion at other airports worsens.
Your input and feedback are a critical part of the long range transportation planning process. As we develop the Plan, you can provide comments through this website, or through the public meeting process that will take place over the coming months. To leave us comments, please fill out the form below.