MetroCog received a grant to develop recommendations and concepts for a public transit connection between the region’s rail stations and transit oriented districts. The intent will be to rationalize existing routes and services or institute a new option that optimizes connectivity and efficiency as a way to provide alternative public transit services to link the region's rail stations and develop a linear transit community.
The Vision of the alternative modes assessment study is to harness public transit and create livable communities. It will determine the strategies and actions to link four commuter rail stations and associated transit oriented and supportive districts in the region via an efficient and convenient mode of public transit. Instituting enhanced public transit service between the TOD districts and within the corridor will reposition the surrounding land area as linear community tied directly to the transit line and further the goals of sustainability and livability.
The municipalities of the Greater Bridgeport planning region have demonstrated a commitment to livability principles and support for sustainable communities through partnership in the New York‐Connecticut Sustainable Communities Initiative Consortium and preparation of various land use plans that promote and encourage the creation of transit oriented and supportive districts to:
- Encourage mixed use residential, commercial and recreational developments
- Improve and provide connections between housing and transit
- Lay the foundation for new, walkable, mixed‐use and transit‐oriented neighborhoods
- Reclaim brownfield sites
- Build stronger neighborhoods and create a sense of community and place
- Reduce automobile trips and greenhouse gases
- Improve infrastructure
The alternatives assessment will develop recommendations and concepts for a public transit connection between the region’s rail stations and TOD districts. The intent will be to rationalize existing routes and services or institute a new option that optimizes connectivity and efficiency.