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Developing Connecticut with Transportation in Mind

December 5, 2011

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - TOD stands for transit-oriented development. It's a strategy being touted by Connecticut's new Department of Transportation commissioner, James Redeker. The idea is to look at population density as a guide to mass transit projects - like the New Haven to Springfield commuter rail line. He recognizes that the project has skeptics, but says it will happen.

"That's an entire corridor that's set and ready to go for TOD. I don't think there's ever been a place like it where town after town after town has zoned, has been planning, has things ready to go."

He says the Hartford-New Britain busway is another example. It just received final approval from the federal government. Redeker spoke last week as part of a series of meetings sponsored by 1,000 Friends of Connecticut called "Talking Smart on Growing Smart."

Redeker also noted that the service plazas along the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways and the Interstate highways are being completely rebuilt.

"They will have solar panels that have all LED. lighting. They are LEED-standard, have charging-station capabilities if we want to put them in, and have truck layover facilities where they can de-power and connect in, built into them."

Redeker said the department is also improving bicycle and pedestrian access, both on roads and as part of mass transit, with bike racks coming on all transit buses in the state as well as on some new Metro-North rail cars.

Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service - CT