Welcome!

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) welcomes you to the Central Connecticut Rail Study website!

The State of Connecticut, through CTDOT, has determined the need to conduct a market analysis and feasibility study regarding the implementation of fixed-guideway rail or bus transit service in the Central Connecticut Corridor, directly serving the cities of Waterbury, Bristol, and New Britain and adjacent towns of Plainville, Berlin, and Plymouth. This initiative is referred to as the Central Connecticut Rail Study (CCRS).

This website will be actively used as a tool to help keep the public informed of all activities related to study, as well as provide a method for the public to provide input on the study as it progresses.

News

Project Update 6/10/2016 The final Public Meetings for the CCRS will be held on June 15, 2016 at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library in Berlin and on June 16, 2016 at the Bristol Public Library in Bristol. Each meeting will run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with a presentation at 6:00pm. For more details on these meetings, please click here.


Project Update 8/31/2015:
Over the past several years, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has been conducting this study of the transit needs of the Berlin – Bristol - Waterbury corridor, and the potential future use of the Pan Am Southern line between Waterbury and Berlin. During the past year, the focus of the Central Connecticut Rail Study (CCRS) shifted to:

• finishing the passenger analyses (rail and bus)
• exploring ways to improve freight rail service on the Pan Am Southern line


The latter efforts included assessing the existing rail infrastructure, examining the current and future freight rail market and opportunities, and evaluating methods for sustaining and improving freight service on the line. Most recently the Department is working with Pan Am Railroad on potential options for growing the market and improving the rail and related infrastructure in the corridor. The latest discussions are expected to continue through the end of this year, and the results will become part of the study report.

Options for improving freight movement were given a significant boost this summer through Governor Dannel Malloy’s newly authorized Let’s Go CT transportation program, which includes a freight rail improvement program. The program includes an annual commitment of $10 million for freight rail improvements statewide. Corridors such as the Pan Am Southern Line will be the primary beneficiary of this new state program. To view Let's Go CT click here.

Freight rail improvements will not only support economic development in the corridor, they will also support continued maintenance and upgrades of the rail line infrastructure that will be important for any restoration of passenger service.

It had been anticipated that this study would be completed by now; however, additional analyses (mentioned above) and the developments brought about by the Governor’s transportation initiative have extended this study. This is an important study that needs to be thoroughly reviewed by various offices in the Department, prior to publication. Please contact us through the website if you have any questions.

1/8/2015: The third Advisory Committee meeting for the CCRS was held on November 20, 2014. To view the report of this meeting, including the presentation that was given, please click here.

11/3/2014: The third Advisory Committee meeting for the CCRS will be held on November 20, 2014 from 10am-12pm at the offices of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce (200 Main Street, Bristol, CT). This meeting is open to the public. An update will be given on adjustments made to the Study’s scope of work. The meeting will also include a presentation of work that has been completed since the last Advisory Committee meeting.

10/2/2014: Historic photos of the Terryville Tunnel and its construction have been added to the website under Study Documents. Construction on the tunnel began on February 21, 1907, and it opened for passenger rail service on January 28, 1911. Analysis of this tunnel is a critical component of the CCRS. To view the historic documents, please click here. Documents courtesy of the Plymouth Historical Society and Judith Giguere, Town of Plymouth Historian.

6/23/2014: During last Spring's Alternatives Workshop and Study Advisory Committee meeting, a number of additional items were identified for study consideration. As a result, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has expanded the scope of the CCRS, and the Study Team has been revising the study approach to address these items. The new CCRS scope includes an expanded analysis of potential new bus options, additional rail vehicle options, and a more detailed look at freight rail conditions. The next Study Advisory Committee meeting is planned for Fall 2014. To view the updated Study schedule, please click here.

6/13/2013: A CCRS technical group held an alternatives development workshop on May 13, 2013. To view the report of this workshop, please click here. Also, the second Study Advisory Committee meeting for the CCRS was held on June 5, 2013. To view the report of this meeting, including the presentation and handouts that were distributed, please click here.

5/31/2013
–The first Public Meetings for the CCRS will be held on June 17, 2013 at the Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury and on June 20, 2013 at the New Britain Public Library. Each meeting will run from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, with a presentation at 6:00pm. For more details on these meetings, please click here.

5/29/2013
–The second Study Advisory Committee meeting for the CCRS will be held on June 5, 2013 from 10am-12pm at the offices of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce (200 Main Street, Bristol, CT). This meeting is open to the public. An update will be given on Study activities to date, and a presentation will be given on the Long List of Alternatives and potential station locations within the Study Corridor. Please Note: This information will also be presented at public meetings on June 17, 2013 in Waterbury and on June 20 in New Britain. More information about these public meetings will be posted soon!

5/1/2013
–Following the first Study Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting in February, SAC members were given the opportunity to comment on the preliminary alternatives, draft purpose and need statement, and Existing Conditions Report presented at this meeting. A summary of these comments and the responses from the CTDOT can be found here. An updated version of the CCRS Purpose and Need Statement can be found here, and the updated Existing Conditions Report can be found in the Study Documents section of this website. The comments regarding the preliminary alternatives will be considered in conjunction with the feedback collected at an alternatives workshop being held later this month.

4/23/2013
–The Study Team hosted two focus group meetings on April 3, 2013. The purpose of these meetings was to better understand the travel experiences, perceptions, expectations, and preferences of individuals who live and work in the Study Corridor. To view the Summary Report of the items discussed at these meetings, please click here.

2/19/2013
–The first Study Advisory Committee meeting for the CCRS was held on February 7, 2013. To view the report of this meeting, including the presentation and handouts that were distributed, please click here.

2/4/2013 –The CCRS Study Team has published its Survey Analysis Report, which summarizes the information obtained from Study Corridor residents and employees through in-person and online surveys. The report can be found under “Study Documents.”

1/25/2013
– The first Study Advisory Committee meeting for the CCRS will be held on February 7, 2013 from 10am-12pm at the offices of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce (200 Main Street, Bristol, CT). This meeting is open to the public. To view the meeting agenda, please click here.

1/7/2013
– The CCRS Study Team is in the process of analyzing survey data and developing preliminary alternative concepts. These items, along with other aspects of the Study, will be discussed at a Study Advisory Committee meeting in February 2013. Details of this meeting will be posted on this website as they become available. If you are interested in receiving notifications of Study activities, please complete the Contact form at the bottom of this page and request to be added to the Study’s Interested Parties e-mail list.

11/20/2012 – The CCRS Study Team has completed the first existing conditions report for the CCRS – Existing Conditions: Demographics and Transportation. The purpose of this report is to identify current demographic and socioeconomic conditions, as well as transportation services and infrastructure within the Study Corridor. This report can be found under “Study Documents.”

10/9/2012 –The CCRS Study Team needs YOUR input! Where do you travel? When do you travel? What are your priorities? Please click here to fill out our survey. Your input will help shape the future of transportation in the place where you live and work. Four $25 Amazon gift cards will be awarded randomly to survey participants. UPDATE: The survey is now closed. Thank you to all who participated

10/1/2012 – Thank you for your interest in the Central Connecticut Rail Study! The study is underway, and the first public informational meeting is expected to be held in Winter 2012 / 2013. Details of this meeting will be posted on the study website as information becomes available.

Study Maps

study area map

study area map

Study Team

The Study Team consists of representatives from CTDOT as well as members of the consultant team. The consultants are led by URS Corporation of Rocky Hill, CT. The team also includes individuals from A. Strauss-Wieder, Inc. (Westfield, NJ) and Nelson\Nygaard (New York, NY). The Small Business Enterprise (SBE) firm on the team is Gregg Wies & Gardner Architects, LLC (New Haven, CT).

The CTDOT Project Manager for the CCRS is Anna Bergeron, and the consultant Project Manager is Stephen Gazillo, AICP. The best way to contact the project managers or other members of the Study Team is to fill out the form in the “Contact” section of this website.

Schedule

The CCRS began in Spring 2012. The projected date for the CCRS Final Report is Summer 2015. For an outline of the study schedule, click here. Please note that as the project progresses there may be a need to adjust the study schedule.


Background

The State of Connecticut, through CTDOT, has identified a need to conduct a study regarding the implementation of fixed-guideway rail or bus transit service between Waterbury and Berlin. This corridor has been analyzed for enhanced transportation options and passenger rail service times in the past, and the Study Team has reviewed studies that have identified and addressed transportation needs within the CCRS Study Corridor. These reviews provide a summary of relevant study reports, highlighting their relationship to the CCRS. Please click on the link below to view the Review of Previous Studies.

Review of Previous Studies


Public Involvement

Given the numerous communities and stakeholders associated with the CCRS, public involvement is a critical aspect of this study. This section of the website will include information relating to the Public Involvement Plan, Study Advisory Committee, and Public Meetings. This section of the website will be updated as information becomes available.

Public Involvement Plan

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is expected to meet three times during the course of the CCRS. All meetings will be open to the public, and meeting documents will be posted here as they become available.

Advisory Committee Meeting #1

 

Advisory Committee Meeting #2

  • June 5, 2013 / 10am - 12pm
  • Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce (200 Main Street, Bristol, CT)
  • Agenda
  • Report of Meeting (5.3 MB)

Advisory Committee Meeting #3

  • November 20, 2014 / 10am - 12pm
  • Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce (200 Main Street, Bristol, CT)
  • Report of Meeting (2.6 MB)

Advisory Committee Meeting #4

June 9, 2016 / 2pm - 4pm
Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce (200 Main Street, Bristol, CT)
  • Presentation (2 MB)
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    Public Meetings

    Two sets of public informational meetings are planned for the CCRS. Details of these meetings will be posted here as information becomes available.

    Spring/Summer 2013

    • June 17, 2013 / Silas Bronson Library (267 Grand Street, Waterbury, CT)
    • June 20, 2013 / New Britain Public Library (High Street, New Britain, CT)
    • Poster
    • Presentation (3.7 MB)
    • Boards (1.5 MB)
    • Study Corridor Flyover Video

    • Spring/Summer 2016

      • June 15, 2016 / Berlin-Peck Memorial Library (234 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT)
      • Presentation (2.21 MB)
      • June 16, 2016 / Bristol Public Library (5 High Street, Bristol, CT)
      • Presentation (2.21 MB)
      • Poster

       

      Newsletters

      Newsletters will be produced to keep the public informed of the progress on the CCRS. These newsletters will be distributed to public libraries and town halls in the Study Corridor. They will also be emailed to interested parties. If you would like to receive the CCRS newsletter and other study updates, please contact the Study Team by using the “Contact” form on this website.

      Newsletter 1: Spring/Summer 2013

      Newsletter 2: Spring 2016


    Study Documents

    Below are documents relating to the CCRS. This section of the website will be updated as documents are being completed.

    Due to large file size of some documents, the best method for download is to right-click (for Macintosh users, CTRL-click) the link and choose "Save as..." or "Save Target as..." to your computer.


    Contact

    Please fill out the form below to submit any questions or comments you may have. We appreciate your input!