New NVCOG Study Outreach to Include Five Workshop Opportunities and Online Survey

February 26, 2018

For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2018

Contact: Mark Nielsen Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments
203-757-0535
mnielsen@nvcogct.org

New NVCOG Study Outreach to Include Five Workshop Opportunities and Online Survey Study to Determine Effective Transportation Opportunities

Naugatuck Valley residents will have the opportunity to provide input to a major transportation planning study being conducted by the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) in March and early April 2018 via charrettes and an online survey. The study is assessing alternative transit modes within the Route 8 / Waterbury branch rail line corridors and developing transit-supportive land use plans in and around rail stations and transit hubs located between Naugatuck and Shelton.

The study team comprised of several consulting firms, incorporated information and data on the existing conditions within the corridor into an initial round of charrette presentations in November and December 2017. The five follow up charrettes will give stakeholders, local officials and residents the opportunity to provide feedback on preliminary study recommendations. The Study Team will be presenting preliminary “model” concepts based on the input from the first round of Charrettes. Each charrette will focus on that community’s transit hub. All events are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Schedule:
• Thursday, March 15 – Derby, Derby City Hall, 1 Elizabeth St, Derby, CT
• Tuesday, March 20 – Ansonia, Ansonia City Hall, 253 Main Street, Ansonia
• Thursday, March 22 – Naugatuck, Naugatuck, Town Hall 229 Church St, Naugatuck
• Monday, March 26 – Shelton, R.D. Scinto Auditorium, 3 Corporate Drive, Shelton
• Wednesday, April 4 – Beacon Falls/Seymour, Seymour Town Hall, 1 1st St

“Direct input from the communities is crucial at this point in the study,” said Mark Nielsen, NVCOG Assistant Director. “The vision of local residents and officials will play a major role in the recommendations for how areas around transit hubs are developed and how they will look in the future.”

Public input provided at these events will also be integrated into study recommendations that will be provided to the state Department of Transportation, with a goal of incorporating improvements in the corridor into the department’s capital plan. In addition, they will be provided to area municipalities and the region’s state legislative delegation. Working toward developing a strategy and plan for implementing preferred options, the study is scheduled to be completed in late 2018.

A project website has been developed and is live at: http://rt8corridorstudy.com. Interested persons can contact the study team through the “Contact Us” page which lists several ways the public can contact the Team to offer comment or ask questions. An email address has also been established to contact the Team: rt8corridorstudy@nvcog.org.

Also, Naugatuck Valley residents who cannot attend any of the presentations are encouraged to provide study input via a brief online visual preference survey, which can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Route8visualpreferencesurvey