Funding Opportunity: Safe Streets for All (SS4A) Grant Program

The fiscal year (FY) 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Safe Streets and Roads for All grants is open. For more information, visit the US DOT website.

Deadlines vary by grant type:

  • May 16, 2024, 5 PM (EDT): Sole deadline for Implementation Grants. Deadline #2 for Planning and Demonstration Grants.
  • August 29, 2024, 5 PM (EDT): Deadline #3 for Planning and Demonstration Grants. NOFO closes.

For questions or application assistance, email Rich Donovan, Transportation Planning Director, at

Community Canvassing Kinneytown Dam Removal Project

We will be canvassing with Save the Sound in Ansonia this upcoming Saturday, April 13, to connect with community members around the Kinneytown Dam Removal project and hear their thoughts and feedback on the project.

El próximo sábado, 13 de abril, realizaremos un sondeo con el Save the Sound en Ansonia para ponernos en contacto con los miembros de la comunidad en torno al proyecto de eliminación de la presa de Kinneytown y escuchar sus opiniones y comentarios sobre el proyecto.

PRESS RELEASE: In-Person and Virtual Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Active Transportation Plan for the Naugatuck Valley 


Desira Blanchard
Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments

In-Person and Virtual Public Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Active Transportation Plan for the Naugatuck Valley 

(Waterbury, CT) – The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) will be hosting two upcoming public meetings as part of an ongoing series to gather additional input for the development of the Naugatuck Valley Active Transportation Plan (NVATP). The NVCOG invites residents, business owners, transportation advocates, and local officials to participate. 

An in-person meeting is set to take place on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 6:00 PM in Bristol Public Library’s Meeting Room #2, located at 5 High Street, Bristol, CT 06010. This gathering will feature a charrette which is an interactive workshop that allows participants to collaborate with professionals, share ideas, and explore innovative solutions. During the session, the NVCOG staff will provide an overview of the NVATP, and participants will have the chance to actively participate and contribute their ideas, suggestions, and concerns to help shape the plan. Pizza and refreshments will be available. RSVP by emailing Desira Blanchard at 

A virtual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 6:00 PM on Zoom. Join the meeting by using the link at Individuals with limited internet access can listen to the meeting by calling +1 929 205 6099 and entering the Meeting ID when prompted: 838 1800 0864. 

The purpose of the Naugatuck Valley Active Transportation Plan is to create a multi-modal framework that encourages and accommodates various forms of non-motorized transportation, including walking, rolling, cycling and other active modes. Once completed, the plan will serve as a comprehensive roadmap to help guide future infrastructure investments that improve the access, comfort and safety of pedestrians and cyclists.  

The NVCOG has released an online survey to examine habits, preferences, and challenges to walking/rolling and cycling in the community at Residents of the Naugatuck Valley planning region are strongly encouraged to participate.  

Language assistance is available to the public at no cost. For language assistance requests contact Desira Blanchard, Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator with the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, at or at 203-757-0535. Requests should be made at least 5 business days prior to the meeting.  

To learn more about the Naugatuck Valley Active Transportation Plan and stay engaged in the process, visit  

Event Flyer April 23, 2024 (PDF)

Event Flyer April 30, 2024 (PDF)

We’re Hiring: Temporary GIS Planning Assistant

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments seeks a temporary GIS Planning Assistant to assist GIS staff with updates to regional land use information. You will be required to edit existing GIS data using information obtained from aerial photography, Google Street View, CAMA data, and zoning boundaries. Other duties may include creating, modifying, and maintaining GIS spatial datasets, and creating ArcGIS Online products.

Candidates should have the ability to create and maintain databases, prepare technical written reports, and be proficient in GIS. A bachelor’s degree in planning, environmental studies, natural resources, geography, or a related field and some experience is preferred.

• Proficient in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online.
• Experience with compiling, mapping, and editing spatial data.
• Knowledge of principles of cartography and graphic design.
• Experience working with diverse data sets from federal, state, and local agencies.
• Knowledge of general principles and practices of municipal and regional planning.
• Strong attention to detail and accuracy in data handling.
• Effective communication skills, both written and verbal.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team.

This is a 3 to 6-month position with the possibility of becoming permanent based on performance and project needs. The starting date is flexible, but no later than May 15, 2024.

The pay rate is $20.00 per hour with no benefits. NVCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and map sample(s) to Glenda Prentiss, 49 Leavenworth Street, 3rd Floor, Waterbury, CT 06702, or email by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2024.

Funding Opportunity: 2024 Transportation Alternatives Program

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides funding to municipalities for transportation improvements, which includes: transit, transportation equity, safe routes to school, multi-use trails, and supporting transit dependent groups residing in low-income areas. This program requires a 20% non-federal local match. Funds are made available to the State through the FHWA and are administered by CTDOT

Project evaluation & selection will be completed in coordination with MetroCOG, WestCOG, CRCOG, NVCOG, & SCRCOG. Interested parties are requested to contact the NVCOG for their specific urban area interest sheet before completing an application or taking any additional steps. Submit project proposal to NVCOG by April 26, 2024. Complete applications will need to be submitted to CTDOT by June 28, 2024.

For questions about the program, or assistance with applications, please contact Rich Donovan, Transportation Planning Director, at

Solicitation Memo – CT DOT

Solicitation Letter – FHWA


Funding Opportunity: Active Transportation Microgrant Program

The NVCOG is accepting applications for the CTDOT Active Transportation Microgrant program. This program is designed to assist schools, school districts, municipalities, and non-profit organizations encourage walking, rolling, or biking across the state. Eligible expenses include bikes, bike maintenance equipment, training, and safety materials.  

This program is supported entirely with state funds, and eligible entities can submit requests of up to $5,000. Applications can be submitted at any time to the NVCOG by email to Rich Donovan, Transportation Planning Director, at For questions about the program, or assistance with applications, please contact Tayo Olaleye, Transportation Planner, at

2025 – 2028 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Public Comment Period Open Until April 19, 2024

Share your thoughts on projects that impact our roads, sidewalks, and transit.

The 2025 – 2028 Transportation Improvement Program for the Naugatuck Valley Planning Region will accept public comments until April 19, 2024. Visit the project page to learn more at

Ways To Participate

Schedule of Meetings:

  • 04/03/24: NVCOG TTAC Hybrid Meeting 10 AM
  • 04/11/24: Office Hours Hybrid Meeting 11 AM – 12 PM
  • 04/19/24: CNVMPO Hybrid Meeting 10 AM

To access meeting information visit

Submit Comments Via:

Comparta sus opiniones sobre los proyectos que impactan nuestras carreteras, aceras y tránsito.

El Programa de Mejora de Transporte 2025 – 2028 de la región de planificación del valle de Naugatuck aceptará comentarios públicos hasta el 19 de abril del 2024. Para mas información por favor visite la página web

Formas de Participar

Calendario de Reuniones:

  • 04/03/24: 10 AM reunión híbrida del NVCOG TTAC
  • 04/11/24: De 11 AM a 12 PM reunión híbrida en horario de oficina
  • 04/19/24: 10 Am reunión híbrida CNVMPO

Para acceder la información de la reunión visite

Envia comentarios a través de:

Informational Flyer (English)
Folleto Informativo (Español)

Language Assistance

Language assistance is available to the public at no cost through the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG). If you require language assistance, you can contact Desira Blanchard, the Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator, via email at or by phone at 203-757-0535. 

PRESS RELEASE: VTD2GO Micro Transit Service Rolls Out on April 1st.


Richard Donovan
Transportation Planning Director
Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments

VTD2GO Microtransit Service Rolls Out on April 1st.

Derby, CT – Valley Transit District is pleased to announce the launch of its new micro transit service, VTD2GO, which will be available to users beginning April 1, 2024. The on-demand service will be offered Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., providing convenient transportation options for people commuting within a defined service area in Derby, Ansonia, and Shelton, CT. The service area map is available at

Microtransit is a flexible on-demand transportation service that operates like a cross between ride-sharing and traditional public transit. The service will provide residents and visitors with a flexible and affordable transportation option with rides priced at just $2 per trip. To kick off the program, the first ride will be free for all passengers. To use the microtransit service, riders can download the “VTD2GO” app (available on Apple iOS & Google Play) or call the designated phone number at 203-735-6408 to schedule a ride.

The VTD2GO service, provided in partnership with VIA Mobility LLC, aims to fill transportation gaps and increase accessibility for riders, particularly during evening hours, in a service area where no other options exist. The service will complement existing bus routes and transit hubs by providing seamless connections to CT Transit, Greater Bridgeport Transit, and Metro North services.

“We are excited to introduce this much needed service to our community”, said Mark Pandolfi, Executive Director of Valley Transit District. “This initiative reflects our dedication to meeting the evolving needs of our riders and enhancing overall transit accessibility.”

The microtransit program is currently scheduled to operate through April of 2025. For questions and more information about Valley Transit District and its VTD2GO service, please visit or call the office phone number at 203-735-6824. Funding for this new service is provided by The Connecticut Department of Transportation.

About Valley Transit District

Valley Transit District (VTD) is a public transit district that has been providing paratransit services since 1971, including paratransit services and ADA paratransit services for the New Haven CT Transit fixed route service. VTD also provides non-ADA Dial-A-Ride services to member municipalities in Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton, operates the Bridgeport Ave Commuter Shuttle, and has contracts with various social services agencies. VTD’s drivers, dispatchers, and maintenance staff are professionally trained and are members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU). The company places a strong emphasis on passenger safety, customer service and compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations, including the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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News Release: Governor Lamont Announces Launch of Microtransit Services in Connecticut

Click here to access the press release from the office of Governor Ned Lamont

Published on March 25, 2024

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Transportation Commissioner Garrett Eucalitto today announced that new microtransit services will begin in various communities throughout Connecticut between March 26, 2024, and July 30, 2024. These services are part of a pilot program in which nine transit districts and municipalities were awarded funding through the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to develop and pilot on-demand microtransit service.

Microtransit service is an accessible, on-demand mode of transportation that allows customers to use a smartphone app or telephone number to request and schedule a ride within designated service areas. The pilot program will last for two years with the possibility of two one-year extensions exercisable by CTDOT, based on performance and ridership. 

“This new program will help seniors and people with disabilities travel in parts of our state that have historically been underserved by public transportation,” Governor Lamont said. “These services allow people to use an app or phone number to request and schedule a ride within designated areas, connecting them to restaurants, entertainment, rail stations, airports, and critical services.” 

“Microtransit brings public transportation to communities that have lacked fixed route bus service,” Commissioner Eucalitto said. “Thank you to Governor Ned Lamont and the state legislature for the continued investment in high-quality public transportation that eliminates gaps between communities and increases access and mobility throughout our state.” 

On-demand microtransit services will begin on a staggered basis in the following locations: 

Starting March 26, 2024

  • Norwalk Transit District: Serving Norwalk. 

Starting April 1, 2024 

  • Greater Hartford Transit: Serving Enfield and portions of East Windsor.
  • Southeast Area Transit (SEAT): Serving Groton.
  • Southeast Area Transit (SEAT): Serving New London.
  • Valley Transit District: Serving the Ansonia Train Station, Derby, and Shelton. 

Starting April 6, 2024

  • Southeast Area Transit (SEAT): Stonington HOP, additional service hours on existing services to include Saturday service. 

Starting April 8, 2024 

  • Milford Transit: Serving Milford. 

Starting April 22, 2024

  • Greater Bridgeport Transit: Serving Trumbull. 

Starting May 6, 2024 

  • Southeast Area Transit (SEAT): New London Smart: Service to include late night service on existing microtransit services.
  • Southeast Area Transit (SEAT): Serving Waterford. 

Starting May 28, 2024

  • River Valley Transit (Estuary Transit): Serving Madison, Guilford, and portions of East Hampton and Middletown. 

Starting July 1, 2024

  • City of Stamford: Serving a five-mile boundary within the city. 

Starting July 30, 2024 

  • City of New Haven: Serving the Hill, West River, Dwight, Edgewood, Beaver Hills, and West Rock neighborhoods with connections to existing transit services. 

In addition to this new pilot program, existing microtransit services in Connecticut include XtraMile (River Valley Transit), Wheels 2U Norwalk and Wheels 2U Westport (Norwalk Transit District), and New London Smart Ride and Stonington HOP Service (Southeast Area Transit District).

For more information on all of Connecticut’s microtransit services, visit

The latest episode of Along the Lines, a podcast produced by CTDOT, discusses the pilot program and the benefits and transformative potential of microtransit in shaping the future of public transportation in Connecticut. This episode can be accessed at


PRESS RELEASE: The NVCOG is Hosting a Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale at the Seymour Community Center 


Aaron Budris
Environmental Planning Director
Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments

The NVCOG is Hosting a Backyard Composter and Rain Barrel Sale at the Seymour Community Center 

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) is offering backyard composters, rain barrels, and related accessories at wholesale prices to residents of the Naugatuck Valley Region. Residents can pre-order at the NVCOG online store ( through Thursday, May 2, 2024. Please note that items will not be sold at the event; this is a pick-up event only. Items will be available for pick-up on Saturday, May 4, 2024, between 10 am – 1 pm at the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine Street, Seymour, CT.  

Backyard composters are a great way for residents to turn food and yard waste into valuable compost that can be used to amend soil for vegetables, flowers, and lawns. Composting complements principles from the food waste diversion pilots that were recently undertaken with CT DEEP grants in four Naugatuck Valley municipalities. Rain barrels can provide a reliable source of chemical free water for outdoor uses such as watering lawns and gardens by collecting rainwater. Over the last three years, Naugatuck Valley residents have purchased 248 composters, representing the maximum possible capacity to remove an estimated 124,000 lbs. of organics from the regional waste stream annually, as well as 206 rain barrels.    

In providing these products at affordable prices and promoting their use to residents, the NVCOG strives to help communities reduce the volume and cost of municipal solid waste disposal by diverting organics from the waste stream and help conserve drinking water by providing an alternative water source for outdoor needs. The public is encouraged to visit the NVCOG webpage for more information and resources on backyard composting, including a video of an informational workshop with a Master Composter.