Capitol Region Council of Government’s Long Range Transportation Plan
Watch recording of March 12 meeting at Manchester Community College below:
March 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm,
Manchester Community College
Watch recording of March 14 meeting at the Hartford YWCA below:
March 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm,
In addition to the MTP, CRCOG is seeking input on an Air Quality Conformity Analysis (AQCA) performed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) for the 2019 MTP update and the 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program. Under the Clean Air Act, these plans must be within established budgets for emissions.
A printed version of the MTP and the Air Quality Conformity Analysis (AQCA) can be obtained at CRCOG’s office: 241 Main Street, Fourth Floor, Hartford, CT 06106
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- 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.
A public online survey was advertised and available for input two months prior to the drafting of plan. Click here to see the survey results.
Summary of Survey Results
There were 332 unique respondents to the survey. Roughly one-quarter of the respondents indicated they lived in Hartford. Canton and West Hartford had the most respondents after Hartford but the rest of the respondents were fairly evenly distributed throughout the CRCOG region.
Most of the respondents (68%) indicated that they primarily travel by privately-owned vehicle. Walking or biking was the second-most popular mode of travel (14%), followed by passengers of privately-owned vehicles and public transit (8% and 7%, respectively).
The majority of respondents (54%) were ‘very supportive’ of implementing tolling as a transportation funding source. State taxes like a gas, sales and vehicle sales taxes were not as popular but still had the support of the majority of respondents. Local taxes, in all forms, were unpopular.
When asked how money should be distributed across the transportation system, respondents believe that 19% of funding should be dedicated to ‘Alternatives to Driving’. ‘Safety’ and ‘System Preservation’ followed in popularity with 16% and 15%, respectively. ‘Innovation’ received the least support with 8% of funding.