May 20, 2019

Mark Nielsen, 203-575-0535

NVCOG Approves Regional Long Range Transportation Plan

The Central Naugatuck Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization recently approved the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) for 2019-2045. This federally required plan evaluates and assesses the regional transportation systems, identifies needed improvements to the transportation systems, and provides recommendations for transportation investments.

The resulting, comprehensive document outlines how the region could utilize future federal dollars towards enhancing infrastructure and meeting long-term transportation needs. It also identifies a list of future projects, including upgrades to the Waterbury Branch Commuter Line and Naugatuck River Greenway trail. As the federally designated transportation planning organization for the NVCOG, Central Naugatuck Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization comprises the municipalities of Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bristol, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Middlebury, Oxford, Plymouth, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott and Woodbury.

The plan takes into account the region’s population, demographic and economic trends. In outlining goals, it also recognizes numerous related issues, including highway safety, traffic congestion and emerging technologies. Key subjects detailed include Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), which is a focus of numerous member communities, in particular those along the Waterbury Branch Rail Line/Route 8 corridor.

In addition to strategies to meet commuter rail goals, the plan addresses the needs of the local bus systems. The report outlines freight needs and goals for both truck and rail borne freight, including the proposed Naugatuck Inland Port.

The region is home to numerous greenways and walking trails. Pedestrian needs, safety and deficiencies are featured in the plan, as are a regional bicycle plan. While multiuse trails are often viewed as “recreational” facilities, well sited and designed paths can be a viable transportation option, serving as non-motorized “expressways” for those who do not have or would rather not use a motor vehicle.

“To craft a viable long range transportation vision, it’s crucial to incorporate a multi-modal approach,” said NVCOG Director of Planning Mark Nielsen. “This comprehensive plan takes into account systems that currently serve our communities well and those in need of a variety of upgrades envisioned for a 25-year horizon.”

To view the full plan, executive summary and associated documents, visit:  Metropolitan Transportation Plan