The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) is conducting a multi-task engineering and planning study related to the assessment of the feasibility of implementing alternative transportation modes within the Route 8 and Waterbury branch rail line corridors. This project is Task 3 of a combined state and federal planning effort to promote land uses supportive of increase transit services and implement policies and actions that advance livability goals and create sustainable communities. It is an outgrowth of the NVCOG’s partnership in the New York and Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium, a joint HUD, EPA and US DOT initiative.
The intent of the project is to assess and identify transportation options to more efficiently and effectively move commuters through the Region and establish future land use scenarios that promote higher density residential development, economic redevelopment and natural resource management. The main goals of the project are:
- Identify new, enhanced and alternate public transit facilities and services, including local bus service, bus rapid transit routes and commuter rail, to transform town centers into vibrant, high-density communities that have access to efficient and high quality transit services.
- Provide built environment densities that meet transit supportive standards for land uses and walkability, in order to facilitate and encourage the use of enhanced transit services.
- Enhance transit connectivity, reliability and attractiveness.
- Develop an implementation plan for incentivizing transit oriented and supported developments in the lower Naugatuck Valley Region.
- Advance HUD’s livability principles and extend sustainable communities.
The project study limits generally extend from Shelton to Naugatuck, through Derby, Ansonia Seymour and Beacon Falls. The target areas are focused on the town centers of these communities in and around the commuter rail stations.