Hartford - New Britain Busway
Station Area Planning
 

Station Area Planning Study: Detailed Description

The Hartford-New Britain Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project is the first of several proposed busways in the region. The busway will include 12 stations in Hartford, West Hartford, Newington, and New Britain. The 12 stations are:

  • Union Station, Hartford
  • Legislative Office Building, Hartford
  • Sigourney St, Hartford
  • Parkville, Hartford
  • New Park Ave, Hartford
  • Flatbush, Hartford & West Hartford
  • Elmwood, West Hartford
  • Newington Junction, Newington
  • Cedar St, Newington
  • East St, New Britain
  • East Main St, New Britain
  • Downtown New Britain, New Britain

What is TOD

This Station Area Planning Study, conducted by the Capitol Region Council of Governments, is the first step in the process of coordinating development around the new stations. Coordinating development around transit stations is also know as Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Research shows that transit functions best when coordinated with land use and economic development.

Study Goals

The primary goal of station area planning is to enhance the transportation investment by working to ensure that the surrounding areas are developed in a way that encourages transit use. A second key goal of station area planning is to maximize benefits from the busway to the municipalities and neighborhoods along the busway corridor. This outreach and planning effort will focus on creating areas around the stations that will be vibrant places serving multiple uses including office, residential, entertainment, and retail.

Study Process

The project study area includes up to one-half mile around each of the 12 proposed stations along the busway. For all 12 station areas, annotated base maps will be developed to illustrate design principles which should guide the station design and the development of detailed station area plans at a later date. These plans will provide a road map for the next phase of work on those twelve sites. Regulatory changes which should be enacted to support desired TOD will also be outlined.

At the same time, working with CRCOG, ConnDOT and community representatives, a set of screening criteria will be developed to evaluate each of the sites for Transit Oriented Development potential. Using these criteria six station areas will be selected for detailed site development plans. Screening criteria will include the following issues:

  • Development opportunity
  • Access and visibility
  • Other transit connections
  • Pedestrian environment
  • Ownership patterns
  • Market strength
  • Population and employment density
  • Neighborhood and political support
  • Creative funding opportunities

For the 6 sites that are selected for detailed study, plans will include:

  • Conceptual development and land uses plans for underutilized parcels near proposed stations will be prepared. These plans will also address access for cars, bikes, and pedestrians as well as streetscape improvements needed to connect to sounding neighborhoods.
  • Development opportunities beyond the immediate station area will be identified and potential uses suggested.
  • A market analysis will identify real estate market trends and conditions and assess the mid and long range outlook for development near each of the 6 stations
  • Recommendations for regulatory changes (e.g. zoning, overlay districts, design guidelines) that will allow and encourage the desired development.
  • Next steps will be outlined and will include roles and responsibilities for the local jurisdiction, ConnDOT, CRCOG and the private sector.
  • The plans will serve local decision-makers, citizen groups, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT). While much of the implementation will be municipality-based, the information will also assist ConnDOT as it designs the stations to better connect to the communities.

Public Involvement

The project will be conducted under the direction of the Municipal Advisory Committees. The Municipal Advisory Committees will guide the consulting team as it works with local issues and concerns. Committee meetings will be open to the public and public comments will be taken at the beginning of each meeting.

In addition to Municipal Advisory Committees meetings, there will also be three public meetings in each of the four towns during the course of the project.

Comments can be sent to the project team via email, mail, or phone at any time.

Related Projects

Four busway-related projects will be underway over the next year. ConnDOT is committed to ensuring that these efforts are coordinated with consultants and agencies working collaboratively. The three projects that are being conducted at the same time as this station area planning study are:

  • ConnDOT’s preliminary engineering for the full busway.
  • The Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency’s Busway West Access project – an access study looking at shuttle and “park and ride” access to the western end of the Hartford – New Britain Busway.
  • Real Art Ways’ Station Design Competition – a design competition being sponsored by Real Art Ways and ConnDOT to develop prototypical station and shelter designs.

Schedule

The project began in January of 2003 and is expected to last 9 months. The detailed schedule is available here.

For Additional Information

This project will be managed by CRCOG staff with the assistance of Crosby | Schlessinger | Smallridge. For more information please contact the project team directly.

This web page will be updated throughout the course of the project. Check back periodically for additional information.