The CTFastrak bus rapid transit and the upgraded New Haven-Hartford-Spring commuter rail service will begin in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and Connecticut should begin preparing for it through increased pedestrian and bike connections, say Lyle Wray and Sandy Fry in a Hartford Courant editorial.
There will be 16 busway and train stations in the Hartford-region that need to be linked with their surrounding areas. Doing so will increase ridership and lay the groundwork for transit-oriented development (TOD) and generally bolster the healthy activities of walking and biking. Mr. Wray and Ms. Fry recommend creating a bike share program like those already in use in over 500 cities. They say this can be done quickly, and recommend starting trial programs in Hartford and New Britain. Also, building complete streets with sidewalk improvements and bike lane striping and lanes connecting neighborhoods to transit will boost the demand for TOD.