Train322 wrote:You must not have been on the road to Ohare in Chicago where the blue line runs in the median. Also I210 in Pasedena where the gold line is in the median. I am not saying Airtrain over the Van Wyck.
CDOT messes everything up by advocating what ends up being a more expensive BRT.
As mentioned, land acquisition for BRT pushed the cost up. Why not do light rail, it is hard to believe the bridge over Rt 9 needs to be replaced but this CDOT, I guess someone is designing storm drains that don't go anywhere.
Best solution for Waterbury line - extend to the northern part of Waterbury only (many employment locations). Add periodic passing tracks, signalize as they are starting on the Danbury branch and run trains every two hours. More during peak. If you check the fares, its very cheap to travel Waterbury to Bridgeport so one would expect lots of people would use the service where plenty of free parking is available. Set up shuttle busses from Shelton to employment/residential area's. Add a station near Bic in Milford. (guess that would be big $'s). Is anything shovel ready for Fed $'s?
YEA SURE!! Run it to Waterville, there is nothing left there, a housing project on the hill to the west, two big empty
factories in Waterville itself, more stuff across the flats but not residences and not much else.
Chicago and its area is bigger than the entire state of Connecticut and rapid transit well serves the entire metro area and
it is warranted and necessary. Waterbury does not need any expansion of service other than what present exists although
I think an additional train or two would be warranted especially a through train in the AM to New York and back to
Waterbury in the PM.
I do think feeder bus service out of Waterbury north to Torrington and maybe Winsted is warranted and maybe to Bristol as
well. I also think the local bus service in Waterbury could probably be inproved but maybe there is just not enough call for
evening local bus service anymore.
It is very sad but Waterbury has really changed since I lived there in the 50's and early 60's. I do not think the good days will
return at least not in my lifetime and probably not at all. I really wish I was wrong on this but I don't think I am.