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Bill Mocarsky

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  1. There are reasons to move the rail line that have nothing to do with the new highway. It could be said that the highway project has opened the door to fix the rail line. The new alignment would be level, straighter and underground. It should be noted that the transportation center would not move; it would expand across the highway. This would most likely assure that this portion of the highway is capped right up front.
  2. What block is this located on? Is it across Trumbull or Main from the stadium?
  3. Charter Oak Bridge. What irks me as well as the team of engineers and designers is that after all is done, we are still stuck with the 84/91 interchange which is substandard from an engineers point of view and urban planning blunder from a designers point of view. So the team is toying with plans of alternate routes over the river. Freeing up the canyon area would allow for a subway (enter the mode of your choice) that emerges to the surface just east of Main street and continues over the Bulkeley Bridge. Connecticut blvd would cover the canyon and continue to Asylum Hill. This is probably a stretch for the project at hand though. But this project should be designed in a way to facilitate this potential phase. For the viaduct replacement project, I'm pushing for a boulevard that links the west end to downtown. This connecter would assume the functionality of the Sisson through Asylum interchanges. It would act as an interface between the neighborhoods and the highway. It would also eliminate having to get on the highway between the neighborhoods. The highway has been playing the role of this missing street for years. Hope everybody has been attending.
  4. I went there this morning. Great group of people. And all sorts of alternatives are on the table including routing 84 to the meadows and over a new bridge; routing 84 to the COB; and dozens of others.
  5. Is anybody here planning on going to the open planning studio sessions this week?
  6. Malloy: I-84 Viaduct Replacement Is Overdue http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-hartford-malloy-i-84-0407-20150406-story.html It seems that the consensus is: rebuilding as is has very little support full blown tunnel is probably prohibitively expensive at grade or slightly depressed is most likely I would like to refer to the at grade (or slightly depressed) option as the virtual tunnel option. I think it would be similar to the Mass Pike in Boston's Back Bay; it wasn't built as a tunnel per se, but it has very little presence on the landscape. With this option, we should still be able to end up with a "tunnel" in the most crucial area, Broad Street through Union Station (and potentially as far as the "downtown canyon"). btw: Why isn't this thread pinned? This is a major project.
  7. I am curious to see if the performance of this system will live up to the claim of being similar to light rail. How smooth will the ride be? How will the bus approach and leave the boarding platforms? My wife has no problem riding trains and subways. However, she doesn't like riding a bus; she gets motion sickness on buses. I think I'll find out if it is a bus or train after I take it with my wife.
  8. I originally wanted LRT; but we are getting BRT, and it has its advantages. This will be Connecticut's first rapid transit system. Outside of Boston, it's the only one in New England (I think). This is where Hartford has a chance to pull ahead of other comparatively sized cities. I think that this is the first project that has potential to help Hartford reverse its negative image. The spine of this system (the CtFastrak conduit) seems to have all the elements of true BRT. Then there's the question: Will it relieve congestion on I-84? In the very least, express buses from Waterbury, Southington, Bristol, etc. will no longer be part of this congestion; they will enter the New Britain station (a main transfer hub) directly from the highway. After leaving that station, the next express stop is Sigourney Street via the almost straight as an arrow guideway. There is no real fastrak station at Union Station. I am thinking that the long term configuration here is going to depend on the highway/rail reconstruction.
  9. I tend to look at a rapid transit system differently than most people. I think of a system on a dedicated route as a linear extension of a community. So all of the stores, offices, housing and other developments around stations are part of this extension. If there are any signs of reduced traffic, I see that as a positive by product.
  10. I think a key to Fastrack's success will be the integration with other modes of transportation as well as the integration of new (and existing) development. One of the first headings I saw on http://www.ctfastrak.com/ says "A GREENER WAY TO GROCERIES". I then looked at the station site plans and noticed that the Kane Street station was right next to the Stop n Shop; I could see doing a quick off and back on at this station. As convenient as it is, you still need to negotiate a parking lot between the store and station platform. So my thinking is: find a way to make this Stop n Shop (and other developments in general) feel like they are part of the station.
  11. I'm starting to get excited about the Fastrack. I think the main trunk of this system is going to feel and operate more like a light rail system (as opposed to the bus system we know).
  12. If they can't build above it they can always tear it down and build something else. This is something that happens consistently in Hartford.
  13. It doesn't mean they are right. Can't we just as easily say any potential downtown development is dead in the water?
  14. I rather see a new arena built in a different location - possibly a couple of blocks to the north. To me, an arena is like a bookend. The feel of the city is usually quite different on opposite sides. For example, downtown development might thrive more on one side while parking garages dominate the other side. The bigger the building, the bigger the effect. Perhaps a large unstoppable city would develop all around the building. That is why I say move the bookend out a bit, extend Allyn Street to Trumbull, and start rethinking Church street by getting rid of that structure that spans the street. If only there was available land.
  15. If I remember correctly, this was proposed north of the downtown core - across I-84. The president of the Hartford Graduate Center wasn't thrilled by the offer of relocating to a "marvelous suburban campus". It would have also involved tearing down the Barnard Brown elementary school. Anyways, there seems to be enough vacant land in this city to build just about anything without having to sacrifice anything.
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