City of Waterbury Submits RAISE Grant Application

With the assistance of NVCOG, the City of Waterbury submitted a $24 million RAISE grant application proposal on April 12, 2022, to the United States Department of Transportation for a project entitled “Waterbury Active Transportation Economic Resurgence (W.A.T.E.R.) Phase II.”

The project is anticipated to total $30 million with the city seeking 80% in federal funds.

The proposal included four active transportation project components:

  1. Phase II of Waterbury’s Section of the Waterbury Naugatuck River Greenway Trail (~$9.9M)
  2. Jackson Street Riverfront Park (~$6.9M)
  3. West Main Street Renovation and Improvements (~$9.8M)
  4. Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at the Waterbury Train Station (~$200,000)

This investment leverages the work of NVCOG as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and our other aligned projects in the transit corridor by continuing efforts to reconnect neighborhoods, expand mobility choice, and advance health equity for communities of concern by increasing access to resources and physical activity.

The project narrative and additional documents can be found at this link.

Register today for NVision 2022!

NVision 2022: Naugatuck Valley Conference on Fostering Equitable Development is a one-day regional conference bringing together stakeholders from the public and private sectors to discuss our region’s future.

Interactive sessions with expert panelists will help frame the Greater Naugatuck Valley’s path on key issues related to transportation, affordable housing, and public involvement. The conference will feature guest speakers Governor Ned Lamont and Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary.

This event, hosted by the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG), will take place on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. The conference is free and open to the public.

Click here to register today!

PUBLIC NOTICE- NVCOG Seeks Input on Updated Title VI Plan

NVCOG needs your input on the update of our Title VI Plan, guaranteeing nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The draft plan can be accessed here.
Join us for a short presentation on the demographics of the NVCOG region and our policy of nondiscrimination, followed by a Q&A session.
Translation services are available by request with two-day notice.
Meeting location is ADA accessible.

May 25, 2022

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Waterbury City Hall, 1st Floor, Cass Gilbert Room

235 Grand St., Waterbury, CT, 06702

Via Zoom:

May 26, 2022

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Valley Transit District Headquarters

41 Main Street, Derby, CT 06418

Via Zoom:

CT Rides Hosts “Drive Less” Challenge

During the month of May, CTrides is encouraging all residents, students, and employees in Connecticut to join the challenge to help reduce auto emissions by traveling by train, bus, carpool, vanpool, biking, walking, or telecommuting (working from home). See below for details and click here to view the PDF.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Multi-State Freight Working Group Announces Presentation on Regional Freight Land Use Study

Presentation on the Regional Freight Land Use Study
Thursday May 12, 2022; 10:00 am – 11:00 am
The Multi-State Freight Working Group of the Metropolitan Area Planning (MAP) Forum announces a presentation on the Regional Freight Land Use Study on May 12, 2022, at 10:00 am. This virtual meeting will be available as a webinar:

Thursday, May 12, 2022 10:00 am | 1 hour | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Meeting number: 161 188 7786
Password: NYMTC123
Join by phone
+1-518-549-0500 USA Toll
Access code: 161 188 7786

Click here to view the full PDF.

Greater Bridgeport Transit Expects Additional Electric Buses

Beginning in 2020, Greater Bridgeport Transit (GBT) tested the state’s first two electric buses called the Proterra Catalyst. In 2021, these buses operated on regular routes. Now, an additional three electric buses (Proterra ZX5) are expected to arrive later this year. Plans to add even more electric buses are already underway, with expectations to bring the fleet to 20% zero-emission buses by the end of 2024.

In celebration of Earth Day, learn more about the steps Greater Bridgeport Transit has taken towards a “greener, cleaner transit future.” Click here to find more information about the GBT electric bus project.

NVCOG Hosts Inaugural Environmental Sustainability Forum

On Wednesday, April 20, NVCOG hosted its first Environmental Sustainability Forum with an MS4 Compliance theme.
Thank you to our presenters Karen Allen and Chris Stone from CT DEEP Stormwater Section, Mary Looney from NEMO and Dave Dickson from CLEAR, and City of New Haven Assistant Engineer Dawn Henning.
A recording of the meeting is available here.

Interested in learning more? Check out our webpages on MS4 and sustainability.

A slide from the presentation by Mary Looney and Dave Dickson.