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Danbury Receives $225K State Grant For Downtown Transit Study

Mayor Mark Boughton said Danbury will use a state grant to look at ways to ease traffic burdens and create a more pedestrian- and motor-friendly city.
Mayor Mark Boughton said Danbury will use a state grant to look at ways to ease traffic burdens and create a more pedestrian- and motor-friendly city. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. -- The State of Connecticut is awarding the City of Danbury a grant of $225,000 to conduct research on land use and transportation conditions in the downtown area.

“We are excited for this opportunity to look at ways to innovate how we can ease traffic burdens and create a more pedestrian- and motor-friendly Danbury,” said Mayor Mark Boughton. “The city has the opportunity to get a better understanding of how to create a more livable community for our residents."

With its grant, Danbury will be able to issue recommendations to further transit-oriented development, responsible growth and infill development in the city's downtown area.

The state grant will also enable Danbury to focus on analyzing existing transportation modes of ridership and provide recommendations that promote intermodal coordination and co-location of transit services.

The Danbury project is one of 20 in towns and cities across Connecticut that will receive part of nearly $11 million in state funding. The grants are part of a competitive grant program to support transit-oriented development and responsible growth, targeted at boosting economic activity and creating jobs.

The grants come under the state’s Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of Policy and Management and relies on a combination of funding from the Responsible Growth Incentive Fund and the Transit-Oriented Development and Pre-development Fund.

In addition to Danbury, New Canaan and Westport have also be awarded grants. New Canaan will receive $150,000 to fund a Downtown Pedestrian Loop -- Weed Street Sidewalk Connection. Westport will receive $440,000 for the improvement the Saugatuck Station area.

“Investing in transportation is critical. Transportation and the future of our economy are fundamentally linked. Our focus is on not only improving overall quality of life for residents in these areas, but also encouraging economic development by making our towns and cities more accessible,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.

“The grants ... will make Connecticut a better place to live, work, and compete in the 21st century. These projects will improve pedestrian connections, increase multimodal transportation options, encourage infill development and discourage sprawl," OPM Secretary Ben Barnes said.

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