A Study of options to reduce congestion and increase mobility throughout the Route 8 and Waterbury Branch Rail Line corridors. 

About the Study

The Route 8 & Waterbury Branch  Line Corridor/Alternative Modes Study is assessing the needs and opportunities for improving service on the Waterbury Branch Line and the feasibility alternatives to single occupancy vehicles. These alternative modes include commuter rail, express bus and Bus Rapid Transit, walking and biking. The project is being led by AECOM Technical Services, Inc. The study Team has completed an overview of existing travel conditions within the corridor, an assessment of transit-oriented development opportunities within rail station areas, and the feasibility of instituting BRT service. A website has been set up to provide project details. Click here to access the Alt Modes Study website.

Transit Rider Input

In support of the study goals and objectives, the NVCOG conducted an on-board count and survey of passengers riding the Waterbury branch line trains. All inbound and outbound trains were counted and surveyed over a three-day period.

Take a look at what the riders had to say about train service in the Naugatuck Valley: WBL Passenger Count Summary.

In January 2020, NVCOG held the Naugatuck Valley Rail Conference to engage stakeholders in dialog about the region’s rail needs.   

Watch statewide news coverage of the event here.

We value your opinion!

The study Team developed a Visual Preference Survey that allows residents to describe how they would like to see their downtowns in the future. We want to know your opinion… please share your thoughts in the Interactive Design Workshops – Charrettes

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