Introducing NVision50, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan for the NVCOG Region
About the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
As the regional planning agency and a Metropolitan Planning Organization, NVCOG must prepare a long-range transportation plan every four years that lays out the vision for transportation in the future. NVision50: The Metropolitan Transportation Plan for the NVCOG and the Central Naugatuck Valley MPO lays out a comprehensive vision for transportation in our region leading up to 2050. The region’s last MTP update was completed in 2019. View the adopted 2019-2045 plan here.
Updating our Plan
NVCOG staff has dedicated hours of work to NVision50 over the past year, culminating in the draft document presented below. Feedback from residents and stakeholders has been critical as we developed the long-term vision for transportation in our region, and we’re excited to gather feedback on the result! The NVCOG Transportation Technical Advisory Committee will consider NVision50 at the March 1, 2023, meeting, and the CNVMPO board will discuss the plan at their March 17, 2023, meeting.
We want your feedback!
NVision50 is now available for public review and comment. The formal public comment period will run from February 6, 2023, through March 17, 2023, culminating with public comments at the CNVMPO Board meeting. A hybrid public information session will be on February 16 at 6 p.m. at the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) offices at 49 Leavenworth St., Waterbury, CT, and via Zoom. In addition, a virtual town hall-style meeting will be held on March 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. At that meeting, the public can comment on the MTP and ask questions about the document. The public may also comment by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling NVCOG’s offices at 203-757-0535. Comments can also be sent in writing to the NVCOG office c/o Rich Donovan, Director of Transportation Planning, 49 Leavenworth St., Waterbury, CT 06702.
Draft Project Tables – Appendix A
Survey Responses – Appendix B
Public Comments and Responses – Appendix C
Air Quality Conformity Determination – Appendix D
Bridgeport-Stamford Congestion Management Process – Appendix E
Transportation in our Region:
The Waterbury Line of Metro North plays a critical role in connecting the communities of the Naugatuck Valley. CTDOT and Metro North recently completed projects to add passing sidings, modern signals, and PTC (positive train control) to the Waterbury line, allowing for the addition of 7 more trains per day in the 2022 fiscal year.
The following resources represent the planning effort around rail in the region:
Central Connecticut Rail Study – this study looks at the possibility of upgrading freight service and restarting passenger service on the existing track between the Waterbury Station and the Hartford Line through Bristol.
CTDOT is currently updating the state rail plan, a federally backed statewide plan identifying priorities and benefits of rail within the region.
NVCOG is in the final stages of preparing a Route 8/Waterbury Line Alternative Modes Study identifying opportunities for improved service, economic development, and better connections throughout the Naugatuck Valley.
Public Meeting Schedule:
Public Information Session: At 6 PM on Thursday, February 16, a hybrid information session will be held. This session will provide attendees with information about the contents of NVision50, discuss the vision for transportation in our region, and provide an opportunity for questions or comments from the public.
Virtual Listening Session: On March 9, 2023, NVCOG staff will be available from 3 PM to 7 PM via Zoom to accept comments or answer questions about NVision50. This open session will not include a presentation but just an opportunity for open comment.
Self-Paced Presentation: The NVCOG staff is preparing a self-paced presentation that can be accessed at any time. Watch this page for updates in the next week.
Director of Transportation Planning