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.

CRCOG recently received notification that the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is accepting applications from the regions for Transportation Planning Studies. Each Council of Government (COG) may submit up to three (3) study applications. However, given that CRCOG is currently advancing three (3) planning studies and has an additional five (5) studies in the initiation […]

The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program is a Federal program that funds transportation projects and programs that contribute to attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter. The CMAQ program supports the two goals of improving air quality and relieving congestion. As […]

SAVE THE DATE! Sponsored by CT Department of Transportation and the UCONN CT T2 Center, a virtual conference is being held October 28th and 29th from 8:00am to 12:30pm.  Join state and municipal engineering, planning, and operations professionals for panel discussions, interactive technical presentations, roundtable discussions and case studies. Topics will include impacts and improvements […]

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 [...]