The CTFastrak is part of the Bristol to Hartford corridor of the state’s adopted Transit Oriented Development strategy. This New Urbanism style of development is part of the state’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. The segment from New Britain to Hartford has been mostly constructed and has signage and some signaling up at the East Main Street stop, which has been mostly completed. I find it ironic that the state’s planners’ purported goal is to expand transportation options, yet the two lane road that they built is closed to privately owned motor vehicles.
As you can plainly see, what some planners, powerful special interest groups and politicians have considered reasonable “for the greater good” is something that most would consider completely unreasonable.
Fairview Cemetery is now an oxymoron because there is nothing fair about what I see here. I suppose it is easier for some to justify such action without a personal attachment to the deceased in such a situation.
That’s what I would classify as encroaching of the rights of the deceased. One has to ask themselves, “Where is the shame of these individuals?”. How could someone try to justify such action? Would planning a few signs displaying the Fastrak design with a few plugs for the new services in the middle of the cemetery help public perception or would it be adding more insult to injury?
Adjacent St. Mary’s Cemetery has concrete barrier walls from the CTFastrak only a few feet away from headstones. I can only imagine what it must be like kneeling in somber reflection of loved ones and have your hair whipped across your face by a passing public transit vehicle speeding through. Most cemeteries have strict speed limits enforced not only for safety but in respect for the deceased. How fast will the Express Bus be flying through?
In addition to cutting through and confiscating private property without fair compensation, properties are now in constant need of continual maintenance as a result of the busway. Property owners face stiff fines as many municipalities impose blight threats on those who do not keep up with the continual graffiti and gang tags increased by the new construction.
Even the new Fastrak construction has seen more than it’s fair share of “blight” before even opening.
Such is the story of the Association of Blight, Rail and Mass Transit!
Most business owners are unwilling to speak out against city government for fear of retribution. Frank conversations are however very revealing of their sentiments. Most municipalities find it just as difficult to practice what they preach.
As it would appear, the State of Connecticut and a public-private partnership is looking to establish a critical mass of transit ridership in addition to building a base of captive customers in along these newly created transit corridors. Presumably, these density downtown dwellers will be without automobiles and will remain within the transit corridor and walking distance from it and their disposable income will be primarily spent within that region. The targets for carbon emission reduction is precisely why the Environmental Protection Agency provides federal grant monies to Transit Oriented Development projects.
|Approx. 950 sq. ft units incl. 2 baths at approx. $1,200/month|
At any rate, the plan to build a habitat for a walking populace remains at large. I expect something more reflective of what is being built all along the CTFastrak transit corridor to be in Bristol’s West End. One can only imagine what a “best case scenario” would look like moving forward in this direction. Either representation follows rooftops or $6 million is “only the beginning”. What does your instincts tell you?
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