(HARTFORD)—The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is now accepting proposals for Connecticut’s Recreational Trails Program, which provides funding for projects that add to or enhance the state’s 2,000 miles of multi-use trails and bike paths that connect cities to the outdoors, provide opportunities for green commuting and crisscross some of the state's most picturesque terrain.  [...]

A new report commissioned by the Capitol Region Council of Governments and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission estimates significant economic benefits would result from two sets of proposed passenger rail improvements. The improvements, which include finishing the Hartford Line and connecting it to Worcester, Massachusetts, would have a transformative effect on regional and state economies. The report projects between $47 and $84 billion in new regional Gross Domestic Product over 30 years would result from the $6 to $9 billion rail investment. This investment would reconstitute a 21st century version of the prior Inland Route—regular train service from Boston to New York via Worcester, Springfield, Hartford, and New Haven, which the region has now lacked for decades.

The Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) is seeking assistance with the development of a TOD Roles, Visioning, Viability & Tools Analysis study. A Request for Qualifications, including a preliminary scope of work, consulting firm requirements, and submission instructions may be found below. Questions should be directed in writing to the CRCOG staff indicated in [...]
This tool shows the CRCOG Complete Streets Network categorized by context zones. It also includes "typical cross sections" of what a complete street could look like in a given context. CRCOG Complete Streets Network Tool The CS Network was developed initially through a data driven approach, and further customized with stakeholder feedback. The process involved [...]
FHI’s Shawna Kitzman and Stephanie Brooks partnered with WestCOG on an APA-certified webinar on managing parks and open space during a pandemic. Municipalities, agencies, and land/open space managers were eager to hear about best practices for adapting open space facilities to accommodate social distancing regulations. Guest speakers from the Aspetuck Land Trust and the Town [...]
The CT Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board has released their 2019 report to the Connecticut General assembly. The report includes an overview of recent progress, as well as a series of recommendations. 2019 CT Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Report