Westport’s Newest Study: “Main To Train”

I’ve never gotten a press release from the Western Connecticut Council of Governments.

Actually, I’ve never even heard of them.

But they’ve got a website. A logo.

And this news:

The Town of Westport is hosting a public information session on Monday, October 1 (7 p.m., Town Hall auditorium) to introduce the Westport “Main to Train” Study.

The study will “identify improvements to vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian safety and circulation on Post Road East and Riverside Avenue. This will create better connections between the commercial center of town and the Saugatuck train station, and promote non-motorized transportation choices.”

Post Road and Riverside Avenue. The “Main to Train” includes the often-gridlocked intersection.

The meeting — one of 5 scheduled for the course of the study — will “provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the study’s purpose, schedule, and scope, and to share their observations, concerns and ideas with the project team.”

For more information, click here for the Westport Main to Train website. Or contact WestCOG associate planner Nicole Sullivan: nsullivan@westcog.org.

8 responses to “Westport’s Newest Study: “Main To Train”

  1. This group is the successor to SWRPA and HVCEO, combining the two regions into a single entity.

  2. As part of this ongoing discussion, I hope it includes the shuttle service provided by the Norwalk Transit District. Every year it is in danger of discontinuing because of declining ridership and budget challenges. While it still constitutes “motorized transportation”, the service does reduce the number of cars on the road.

  3. WestCOG replaced SWRPA, the regional planning authority. They’ve been around a long time.

  4. Post Road WEST and Riverside…

  5. Kristin Schneeman

    Thanks, Dan, for drawing attention to this! I hope people will turn out and participate in this process, as it may be an opportunity to get the state’s attention to the debacle that is the intersection of Routes 1 and 33, along with other priorities along this corridor that is controlled by the state.

  6. Im not sure what non-motorized options are available but the issue is not getting to and from the train. The issues are the train to nyc which is 3rd world country-ish. Its worse than it was 50 years ago. Weston, Wilton and northern Westport real estate is toast because of CT leadership killing the ability to commute 40 miles in a civilized way. In Japan they apologize when 1 minute late. The MTA laughs if anything less than 10 minutes late as an ovwrwhelming success. I think the rule is any train late by 7 minutes or less is considered on time. Whoever runs this whole thing should be run out of town for 20 years of failure. So with all that being said, maybe we bring back horses to commute to nyc. It might be faster and more reliable and heck good for the environment!

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