Valley Transit Bus Shelters

Project Overview

Main St and Bridge St., Ansonia (Inbound)
Main Street and Bridge Street, Ansonia (Inbound)

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG), in collaboration with Valley Transit District, CTtransit, and Greater Bridgeport Transit, has engaged a multidisciplinary team to design bus shelters within the lower valley municipalities of Seymour, Ansonia, Derby, and Shelton. These communities are served by several transit agencies, and several of these sites lack accommodations and are only marked by signs at the bus stop locations. This forces users to stand and be exposed to the elements while waiting for their bus to arrive. Several of these sites have ridership numbers of hundreds of people each day.  

The intent of the project is to assess existing bus stops within these municipalities and to design bus shelters and amenities where possible. The bus shelters will be able to accommodate a variety of users for Valley Transit District, CTtransit, and Greater Bridgeport Transit. The project is being conducted by a team of planning experts and key stakeholders, led by SLR, a multidisciplinary firm. Electrical and illumination expertise is being provided by VN Engineers. 

Elizabeth St. and 5th St., Derby (Outbound)
Elizabeth Street and 5th Street, Derby (Outbound)

As part of this project, we will collect data from critical bus stops and analyze their site conditions. Each site will be assessed for its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, topography, visibility and sight lines, potential Right-of-Way issues, Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) compliance, utility conflicts, access to electricity, and any other notable features. We will work with our team, the municipalities, stakeholders, and the public to determine the most suitable sites for bus shelter installation.

Staff contact

Kevin Ellis
Transportation Engineer
kellis@nvcogct.gov 

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Public Involvement Process 

We strive to involve the public in a way that is collaborative, accessible, and inclusive. During the project, our team will use a variety of tools to gather public feedback and ensure that this project meets the needs of these communities. 

To fulfill these goals, the project team will meet with stakeholders, conduct a public information meeting, and provide frequent updates via this website and NVCOG’s social media platforms. Additionally, all documents related to the project will be posted to this website. If you have a question or would like to provide a comment, suggestion, or idea, please email kellis@nvcogct.gov. 

Technical Advisory Committee Meetings 

A project Technical Advisory Meeting will be convened, which will be comprised of members of Valley Transit District, the municipalities of Seymour, Ansonia, Derby, and Shelton, as well as CTtransit and Greater Bridgeport Transit. This group will review potential bus shelter sites, bus shelter designs, and related accommodations.  

Public Informational Meeting 

A public informational meeting will be conducted once the site feasibility assessment has been completed and a bus shelter design has been finalized. The public information meeting will have the dual purpose of sharing our findings and hearing directly from the community about their concerns and ideas for the new bus shelters. These meetings are open to all. To ensure widespread access, this meeting will be live streamed and made available for viewing on the NVCOG YouTube page.  

Social Media  

In addition to this website, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, andLinkedIn for updates on the project’s status and progress. 

Interactive Site Assessment Map 

Check out the NVCOG Bus Shelter Inventory interactive map which includes the site assessments for eligible bus stops within the municipalities of Seymour, Ansonia, Derby, and Shelton. 

Project Timeline 

NVCOG along with SLR are finalizing a project schedule which will be posted here when it is completed. 

Documents 

Documents related to this project will be uploaded here when available. 

2023-2045 MTP

About the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)  

As the council of governments for 19 towns and a Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) is in the process of updating our long-range transportation plan. This Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) was originally developed in 2019 and identifies transportation deficiencies, recommends improvements, and advances priority transportation projects, in cooperation with CTDOT, municipal officials, and other organizations and interested citizens. View the approved and adopted 2019-2045 plan here.

Updating our Plan

With an expected adoption in 2023, the updated MTP provides the region with an opportunity to examine both the present state of our transportation plan and share a vision for getting around the Naugatuck Valley in the future.  

We want your feedback!

In the coming months, NVCOG will open a survey to residents, visitors, and those with an interest in transportation in the region. We will also be holding traditional public information meetings, sharing updates on our website, NVCOG’s Facebook, Twitter, and seeking input through an interactive map.   

Transportation in our Region:

Staff Contact

Rich Donovan
Transportation Planner
rdonovan@nvcogct.gov
(203) 489-0361

84 New Mix

Discussions have begun on a long-term plan for the I-84 & Route 8 “Mixmaster” interchange.  CTDOT and HNTB corporation gave a presentation to local leaders on June 30th which included a brief history of the “Mixmaster”, what has been completed thus far, the analysis of options moving forward and how the public will be involved.

View The New Mix PowerPoint presentation or watch a recording of this presentation on the NVCOG YouTube Channel.

CTDOT has launched the New Mix program’s website which can be viewed at https://www.newmixwaterbury.com/

On the New Mix website, you will be able to learn about the very early planning process for the New Mix program; as the New Mix program progresses, the website will be updated to keep you informed.

The New Mix website features a form where anyone can ask a question or leave a comment. Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question anytime at https://bit.ly/NewMixComments!

 

Staff Contact: 

Mark Nielsen
Director of Planning/Assistant Director
mnielsen@nvcogct.gov

Waterbury West Main Street Corridor Study

West Main Street going east facing the Green

Project Overview

NVCOG is leading the West Main Street Corridor Study in coordination with the City of Waterbury and the CT Department of Transportation. The purpose of the study is to develop an in depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities of this stretch of road from Route 8 to the Waterbury Green and develop solutions that improve safety for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, public transit riders, and drivers.

Map of Project Area

Project Details

West Main Street is a short corridor in an urbanized area that sees significant use. The block-by-block street character varies significantly ranging between two and six lanes. The street includes a variety of land uses, a railroad bridge, an incomplete sidewalk network, some on-street parking, several signalized intersections, and several difficult pedestrian crossings. It’s an important corridor that serves as a primary surface street connection across the Naugatuck River into downtown Waterbury. The street also connects several regionally significant employers and destinations, including UConn Waterbury, Waterbury Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, the Basilica, and several other large religious establishments, as well as the Waterbury YMCA, the Mattatuck Museum, several state offices, and the seat of local government.

Overall, the purpose of this study is to develop a conceptual plan and recommendations for the corridor that will address safety and traffic flow concerns while providing for improved pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-user accessibility.

We will examine the impacts of reducing lane widths in certain sections of this corridor, also known as a “road diet” to accommodate increased pedestrian space, safer crossings, and appropriate transit stops and flows including the potential for a bus-only lane or a shared bus lane.

The final product will be a full study of our findings along with several conceptual drawings detailing what improvements are needed to create a safer environment for all users, better traffic flow and encourage economic development.

Fuss and O’Neill is the primary consultant leading the study. Currently, we are in the “Existing Conditions” phase of the project, collecting data and community input to learn as much as we can about the challenges and opportunities of this corridor.

Community Input

We are actively seeking community input for how we can better accommodate walkers, transit riders, cyclists, drivers and parking along West Main Street. There are still ways you can provide us with your input:

  1. Please take our survey in English or Español.
  2. Try using our interactive map feature on the West Main Street website where you pinpoint areas of concern. 

Public Meeting Dates

Our final public meeting was held on Wednesday, October 27th. We held our first virtual public meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 5-7 pm.  Check out our website to watch the presentation or review meeting notes. We held our 2nd virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 14th from 5-7 pm. 

The final public meeting recording can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCqSpfDaDiU

Our 3rd Project Advisory Committee Meeting took place on Tuesday, September 28th. The slides from this meeting can be found here: 

PAC Meeting

Staff Contact:

Josh Lecar
Assistant Planning Director
jlecar@nvcogct.gov

Route 229 Corridor Study

Final Public Meeting: May 26, 2022

The final public engagement meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 26th, with both a virtual option and an in person meeting at the Bristol Public Library. The study team will start by presenting recommendations for improvements along the corridor, followed by an opportunity for public comment on those changes. Following the meeting’s conclusion, a recording will be available on the NVCOG YouTube page, linked below, and comments will be accepted via e-mail to Rich Donovan, rdonovan@nvcogct.gov, regarding the final report for an additional 30 days.  

Meeting Flyer

Second Public Meeting: September 29, 2021

A second public engagement session was held on Wednesday, September 29. It began with a guided tour of the corridor, including stops in both Bristol and Southington. More details of the locations visited are in the flyer below. This was followed by a public meeting at the Bristol Library. For those who were unable to attend the meeting there is a recording available on the NVCOG YouTube page that is linked below. Slides from this meeting have also been posted. 

Tour Flyer

See a recording of the meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77q3zOrCYm8

Slides for this meeting can be found here

First Public Meeting: April 14, 2021

The Route 229 project team held a virtual public meeting on April 14 between 5 – 7 pm. The goals and objectives of the Route 229 Corridor study were discussed and stakeholders had the opportunity to ask questions and offer public input on this project. 

See a Recording of the meeting here: https://youtu.be/2f0RTZFTNQo

Slides for this meeting are available here

Oxford Route 67 Alternative Transportation Study

On February 16, 2022, The Oxford Board of Selectmen endorsed the The Oxford Route 67 Alternative Transportation Study Final Report.  

The study investigated the potential for bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements along Route 67 in Oxford.  The study was funded by the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) with federal transportation planning funds and was conducted with support by TranSystems, a planning and engineering consultant with offices in Meriden, CT.  It was overseen by the Oxford Main Street Committee that was formed in 2017.

Route 67
Existing Conditions along Route 67. Note the lack of pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.

Unlike many of its neighbors, Oxford does not have a typical walkable New England downtown or Main Street.  Instead, municipal services and commercial areas are dispersed along with residences along State Route 67. Although Route 67 is fundamentally Oxford’s “Main Street,” it had no sidewalks or any safe bicycle or pedestrian access, and traffic speeds are excessive with no visual cues to alert motorists that they are driving through an area where they may encounter walkers or bicyclists.  In addition, no public transit is operated along Route 67 that could provide residents an alternative transportation option.  Transit options by train on Metro North and by bus on CT Transit are available only one mile from the Oxford town line, but there is currently no way for Oxford residents to safely access these services without a personal motor vehicle.

In Oxford’s 2018 Plan of Conservation and Development, the town prioritized creating more of a downtown feel along Route 67, and the Oxford Main Street Committee has been investigating streetscape improvements, sidewalks and trails within the corridor to improve non-motorized access.    The study built on the committee’s prior work to develop a cohesive plan for the entire corridor to better enable the Town to plan, prioritize, and fund future improvements.

Explore Study Findings

The interactive Project Storymap presents the study and potential bicycle and pedestrian improvements to Route 67 

Explore the Project Area

The interactive Project Webmap allows users to explore the project corridor in greater detail by turning on and off various data layers that are informing the study:

 

Upcoming Meetings

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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Staff Contact:

Aaron Budris
Senior Regional Planner
abudris@nvcogct.gov

Route 34 Main Street Derby Reconstruction

Project StatusCars driving on Route 34 in Derby

A bid opening for the construction of the Main Street/Route 34 Project was held on November 3, 2021. The project was awarded to C.J. Fucci Inc. of New Haven, CT. Construction is slated to begin in April. The work will be done in multiple stages and will continue for 3 years due to the extensive amount of roadway and utility work that needs to be accomplished while still maintaining traffic throughout the project corridor. A pre-construction meeting was held on February 17, 2022. Meeting minutes can be viewed here.

Construction Photos

Staff Contact:

Karen Svetz, P.E.
Regional Transportation Engineer
ksvetz@nvcogct.gov

Route 34 Preliminary Design Rendering

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