RIDESHARING, COMMUTER LOTS,
Publicly subsidized ridesharing services are provided by Metropool, Inc. The service area combines southwestern
Connecticut (including the Housatonic Valley Planning Region)
and nearby counties in New York State.
This long established ridesharing service offers both employers
and employees a wealth of information and services to find
the best and most economical way to work.
services include car, van and shuttle formation, ride matching
services, on site technical assistance, guaranteed ride home
programs, how-to guides and other related aids. Metropool,
Inc. can be contacted at One Landmark Square, Stamford, CT,
06901, at 1-800-FIND RIDE, and via the web link above.
COMMUTER PARKING LOTS
For those area residents seeking
to reduce the expense of daily commuting, the alternative
of carpooling from a commuter lot is attractive. These lots
also serve as pick-up points for commuter vans and HART bus
1973 the Connecticut DOT has been establishing state maintained
parking lots adjacent to the more important roadways throughout
Currently nine of Connecticut's well maintained commuter parking facilities are located
in three of the communities of the Housatonic Valley Region,
Danbury: 160 spaces on Route 6 near I-84 Exit 1
2. Danbury: 112 spaces on Route 6 near I-84 Exit 2
3. Danbury: 50 spaces on Segar Street near I-84 Exit 7
4. Danbury: 171 spaces on Miry Brook Road at Route 7
5. Danbury: 115 spaces on Route 805 - Federal Road
6. Danbury: 75 spaces on Route 840 - White Turkey Road
7. New Milford: 87 spaces on Pickett District Road
8. Newtown: 53 spaces on Route 25 near I-84 Exit 9
9. Newtown: 78 Spaces on Mile Hill Road at I-84 Exit 11
the Housatonic Area Regional Transit District completed a
detailed assessment of conditions and needs at each commuter
parking lot. This report is available at HVCEO.
additional spaces to the regional inventory is now the goal.
But there are clear constraints to further progress, however,
as lot development is tied to the presence of state owned
land in suitable locations. Further suitable state properties
appear to be limited.
leasing of properties could then become the primary method
by which the amount of commuter parking space is further expanded.
But this process will be more costly per space developed than
for those built on state properties to date.
Note that some of these problems have been successfully addressed
by CT DOT and HART for commuter shuttles to the Harlem Line
passenger rail service from New Fairfield, Danbury and Ridgefield.
INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
During recent years much has been done to promote the efficiency
of transportation systems through modern electronic tools.
This area of technological innovation is known as Intelligent
Transportation Systems (ITS).
congestion and accident surveillance systems, live traffic
cams for public and management use, highway advisory radio,
clearinghouses for traveler information, and signal system
interconnections are all major strategies to wring more capacity
out of existing facilities.
enterprise is developing personal information services on
the Internet that meet this need as well. Consider that pooled
data from smart phones reporting their geographic coordinates
as on an expressway but moving at a crawl has commercial value.
the public's ability to read and use intelligent transportation
systems, all federally funded initiatives must conform to
the National ITS Architecture Consistency Policy.
In Connecticut, ITS strategies for the largest urban areas
and for the Interstate 95 and Interstate 91 corridors have
been priorities. Initiation by Conn DOT of activities for
the I-84 corridor and mid-sized regions such as the Housatonic
Valley are following. A summary of ITS activities in this
CT DOT I-84 and Route 7 Video Cams: The traffic
camera images accessible below are updated approximately every
five minutes. To refresh the image, refresh your browser.
I-84 Newtown eastbound east of Exit 9 - Tunnel Road
I-84 Danbury westbound east of Exit 6 - Rockwell Road
I-84 Danbury westbound Exit 6 - Rt. 37 (North Street)
I-84 Danbury eastbound Exit 5 - Starr Avenue
I-84 Danbury eastbound Exit 4 - Lake Avenue
--- CT 7 Danbury northbound south of I-84 - Park Avenue
DOT I-84 Variable Message Signs: In 2009 CT DOT installed
five portable variable message signs with closed circuit television
and two without closed circuit. The devices were installed
on concrete platforms located along I-84 in the Greater Danbury
of Danbury Video Cams: The leading municipal intelligent
transportation system in the region is that maintained by
the City of Danbury. Live traffic can be monitored on a citywide
video cam system.
City of Danbury video cam
locations at high volume intersections.
Signal Coordination Studies: Improved signal coordination
has been pursued via HVCEO regional signal system coordination
Traffic Signal Coordination Handbook
Coordination Plan for Backus Avenue in Danbury
Coordination Plan for Bridge Street in New Milford
- HVCEO - COGCNV I-84 Traffic Diversion Plan: This
study will be completed late in 2011 in cooperation with CT
DEMHS, CT DOT, COGCNV and local emergency management officials.
will serve as the guide during I-84 traffic emergencies. Diversion
plans for other expressways in Connecticut are available from
the CRCOG Diversion Plans page.
Branch Electronic Signal Control
Centralized Train Control (CTC) signal system is now being
installed on the Danbury Branch.
Currently, the Danbury Branch has no signal system and trains
operate under a system known as a manual block. Multiple train
movements on the branch are limited by the blocks established.
Switches at Norwalk, Wilton and Branchville must be manually
operated by a train crew member.
The CTC signal system includes a remote control of
train movements and switches from Metro-North's Control
Center in Grand Central Terminal and will enable staff
at GCT to monitor train movement on the branch.
control viewing screen.
at Norwalk, Wilton, Branchville and Danbury will function
as fully automatic control points. Signals at these sidings
will operate in the same manner as signals on the New Haven
Mainline. These signals indicate to a train to stop or proceed
based on the on-board cab signal indications. Also the signals
and switches are interlocked for positive control of train
the branch will be electrically segmented into approximately
1 mile long blocks which provide the cab signal indication
based on conditions of the track ahead. Once completed, the
Danbury Line signal system will be consistent with the New
Haven Main Line.
Intelligent Transportation Systems:
For future ITS, one possibility is for electronic information
signs at the Downtown Danbury HART Pulse Point, if city sign
regulations can be met.
bus signal preemption in certain corridors may be a future
BY TRUCK AND RAIL
It is generally known that the freight transportation industry
in the United States has undergone dramatic changes in the
last twenty years.
in “containerization”, shifts in the manufacturing
industry to “just-in-time” delivery, the deregulation
of rail, trucking and aviation industries, and the development
of new trading patterns in a global economy have led to consolidation
and restructuring of freight transportation modes.
of expressways such as I-84 and I-95, the trend toward larger
and heavier trucks, more time-sensitive shipping requirements,
increasing competition, and railroad branch line reductions
have contributed to the trucking industry attracting a large
market share of goods movements.
the number of truck trips is increasing, the average length
of such trips is decreasing. On
the national scene many shippers are using more cost-effective
rail, air or water transport for the long-haul portion of
freight delivery, with trucking firms supplying only the pick
up and delivery portion of trips rather than supplying end-to-end
traffic has increased dramatically in recent years and should
continue to increase.
to Conn DOT Connecticut, because of its small geographic area
and its close proximity to some of the nation’s largest
ports, intermodal rail facilities and airports, can expect
to continue to see primarily the trucked end portions of more
lengthy intermodal freight trips.
to Conn DOT, most rail shipments entering Connecticut fall
within a limited range of bulk commodities such as crushed
stone, lumber, rolled paper, steel, chemicals, and waste products.
and distribution companies currently receiving these goods
by rail accept significantly longer shipment times than would
be required for shipment by truck of their low-value, non-time-sensitive
raw materials and products.
The following freight issues update was provided
to the CT FHWA office in October of 2010:
- Region's UPS Center
in Brookfield now well served by nearby Route 7 Expressway
- Primary MPO freight focus is on rail freight issues.
The current UPWP has funds for a consultant to update
the rail freight section of the Transportation Plan.
- Annual roadway corridor
traffic studies make use of largest truck movement
design templates for turning radius, etc. prior to
development of geometric recommendations.
- Legal truck heights in Connecticut and truck type
by height examples posted on a separate HVCEO
web page and linked
throughout the site where needed.
- Current I-84 diversion plan in progress includes
separate truck routing in some locations.
- Low railroad bridge on West Street in Danbury may
emerge as a freight barrier issue.
- MPO supports rail freight as mode for municipal
solid waste removal from Danbury.
- MPO supports short term I-84 Exit upgrade plans
designed to facilitate greater capacity for all vehicles;
will assist trucking interests.
- MPO has FHWA approved agreement with NYS and NJ
MPOs to cooperate on improving planning, including
coordination of various freight issues.
Also see the current Rail
Freight in the Region report.
a map of the Housatonic
Railroad service area.
TRAVEL BY BICYCLE
A detailed HVCEO report on bicycle planning and criteria was
adopted by the Council in 1996.
This was used successfully to insure sufficient shoulder
width for bicycles in the Route 7 Danbury - Ridgefield
roadway widening project and as an input to municipal
plans of conservation and development.
See also the Connecticut
Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
See also the very interactive CT
Statewide Bicycle Map site!
Danbury Municipal Airport
Danbury Airport has no regular public air passenger service.
The exception is Cape Cod and related tourist destinations
in the summer.
The following description was
excerpted from the 2002 Danbury Plan of Conservation and Development:
Municipal Airport is the base for corporate air fleets, a
flight school, and a number of aviation services, and consists
of two intersecting runways and a control tower.
airport is used exclusively for private flights and is protected
from land use intrusions by the Airport Protection Zone in
the zoning regulations. This zone is intended to reduce hazards
in the approach and transition zones by controlling building
area and height.
1995 Danbury Airport Master Plan offers three land use and
zoning recommendations to further the protective envelope:
(1) The City should acquire land or easements along the residentially
zoned portion of Miry Brook Road to control the height of
(2) Permitted land uses around the airport should be restricted
to avoid new land use conflicts; and,
(3) The Airport Protection Zone regulations should be updated
to conform to current airspace standards. The airport has
no plans to expand its current boundaries.
airport's greatest negative impact on the community is the
noise associated primarily with the flight school. This is
especially severe during summer weekends and has its greatest
impact on the Wooster Heights neighborhood.
minimize this negative impact, many airports around the region
institute noise abatement policies that impose curfews during
those hours when noise is most likely to disturb residential
neighborhoods, policies that could be considered by the Airport
As for the small Candlelight Farms Airport in western New
Milford, it has two turf runways and no control tower.
runway is 2,000 feet, aircraft parking is via tiedowns, and
there are about 33 aircraft based at this field.
The Kathryn Report
Farms Airport in New Milford
The international airport options for Greater Danbury can
be viewed by size. Kennedy Airport has 42 million passengers
annually, La Guardia 23 million, Bradley 6.7 million and Stewart
Early in 2007 the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,
which owns Kennedy and La Guardia, purchased Stewart Airport.
The Port Authority goal is to shift some air traffic north
As Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY is about 40 miles west
of Danbury, our area is part of the diversion market. A
direct exit to Stewart Airport off of I-84 is also planned.
Air service development at Stewart Airport serves our interests.
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