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Housing, Transportation, Environmental Advocates To Support Busway

 

Viewing the proposed New Britain-Hartford "Busway" bus rapid transit line as an opportunity to create mixed-income and affordable homes at cost- and energy-efficient locations near stations, housing advocates and others are planning to turn out en masse Thursday, Aug. 11, when the Department of Transportation holds a public information meeting on the new line at 6:30 p.m. in the mulitmeida room of DiLoreto Hall at Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley Street, in New Britain.

Across the nation, and in many foreign countries, planners and community development specialists have recognized that housing near transit makes sense for many reasons:

  • Areas near transit have the capacity to handle higher densities;
  • Housing near stations provides riders to support the rail lines;
  • Those living near transit can avoid buying or driving cars, thus reducing traffic congestion and air pollution;
  • Those living in "transit rich" neighborhoods spend a total of 41% of their income on housing and transportation while those living in “transit poor” neighborhoods spend an average of 51%.

Municipal leaders, educators, transit specialists, environmental experts, affordable and mixed-income housing advocates, business leaders and others are expected to turn out to support the Busway, which will run from New Britain to Hartford with stops in Newington and West Hartford.

They are expected, in addition to citing the housing opportunities, to talk about the economic development that can occur near the Busway stations, the ease of transport that the Busway will provide and the congestion it will help alleviate, and the environmental benefits that will accrue from getting drivers off the highways. 

 
 

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