The Agency's Long-Range Transportation Plan (about | Plan document) highlights "major improvements" to be implemented over a thirty-year period. Improvements are categorized by mode of transportation. These are as follows:
- Give priority to maintenance over expansion. Do not construct new facilities at the expense of critical, existing infrastructure. Instead, seek to wring more efficiency from what is already built.
- Review all projects for environmental impact. Do not pursue projects that impair the environment.
- Design roads and streets to enhance the built environment. Use transportation to make safe, livable communities, in particular in areas with density or potential for redevelopment at density.
- Improve data collection. Collect region-wide traffic data. Work with police to routinely geocode accident reports and traffic violations and submit them electronically to a statewide database for system-wide analysis.
- Develop high-speed communication networks. Connect workers and employers in the region to the information superhighway to give alternatives to physical travel (e.g., telecommuting).
- Preserve scenic and historic corridors. Enhance scenic views and historic sites through transportation investments that preserve these assets and promote compatible land-use patterns.
Pedestrians and cyclists
- Implement the State’s ‘complete streets’ law. All projects must provide for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Adopt a network of on- and off-road pedestrian and cyclist routes. Routes should connect to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and CRCOG’s multi-use network. Complete the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. Plug the gaps between Red Oak Hill Road in Farmington and Hart Street in Southington.
- Add connecting side trails to the New Britain-Hartford Busway trail. Link the busway trail to CCSU and Westfarms Mall with spurs. Protect and extend hiking trails. Preserve, maintain, and, where possible, expand the region’s trail system, including the New England Trail.
- Connect the region to the New York City, Stamford, Bridgeport, Waterbury, and Hartford areas. Transit should be interregional.
- Extend the successful Bridgeport-Waterbury transit corridor through Bristol, Plainville, and New Britain to Hartford. Reconfigure local bus routes to fit service. Run commuter rail along the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield corridor.
- Reconfigure local bus routes to fit service. Rationalize local bus routes. Eliminate detours and transfers where possible to improve system performance.
- Use Internet trip planning to improve usability. Submit all transit routes in the region for inclusion and update. Add signage to heighten visibility. Post maps and schedules at time points or bus stops.
- Intelligent transit system. Improve transit and paratransit with technology.
- Add electronic highway signs to indicate alternate routes to avoid congestion or incidents. Supplement existing notification systems with signs that direct drivers onto alternate routes.
- Explore connecting local streets to serve as alternate routes for congested corridors. Relieve traffic on arterials by knitting together and dispersing traffic onto the street grid.
- Replace intersections with roundabouts where appropriate. Eliminate unnecessary stops to improve safety and traffic flow. Implement access management and/or signal coordination where appropriate.
- Better time traffic lights and consolidate driveways on congested roads, especially on busy through routes, to improve safety and traffic flow.
- Add red light and/or speed cameras at dangerous locations.
- Construct a charging network to support electric vehicles.
- Maintain and upgrade the region’s rail system to handle freight traffic. Shift as much freight as feasible from busy highways and roads to rail.