The state Department of Transportation is looking for a name for its work zone safety mascot. This straight-from-Burning-Man creature is over 10 feet tall.
If you’ve got an idea, post or tweet your suggestion by Sept. 9. Use the hashtag #ObeyTheOrange or go to the FB page.
Alyssa Norwood has a pretty good excuse to drive her car to work.
His name is Eliot, and he’s talking a mile-a-minute about his handsome frog rain hat and show-and-tell plans as we walk from Norwood’s home near the Hartford line in West Hartford to his preschool a few blocks away.
Even with the morning rush of getting Eliot to preschool, Norwood makes time to ride her bike to work, rain or shine.
Norwood is part of an unexpected – and very, very small – development: she’s among the relative handful of folks who have figured out another way to get to work besides jumping in the car. For a working mom with a three-year-old in preschool and a toddler at home, she’s proof that it doesn’t always have to be like it’s always been.
Overwhelmingly, however, Hartford area residents remain gridlocked in their cars.
The numbers have nudged only slightly since 2000, when 82.5percent of area commuters drove alone to work, to 2010, when the average figure was about 81.5 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. No wonder I-84 and I-91 seem worse than ever.
But since this is “CT Rides Week” — when the state Department of Transportation wants you to try, if only for a day, a different way of getting to work – and Friday is national Bike-to-Work-Day, (Google bikewalkct or CT Rides for more information) let’s take a moment to salute the commuting pioneers like the Alyssa Norwoods out there.
Because ever so slowly some of us really are looking beyond the cars that clog the roads, pollute the air and raise our blood pressure.
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Hungary. More stats here. What would you do with an extra 168 hours a year?
Here’s the breakdown:
To grasp the enormity of the Q Bridge construction project, think of it as a desperate, lifesaving organ transplant, where professionals are replacing not just the heart but all the important veins and arteries that connect everything.
To save the patient — in this case a clogged superhighway — there must be a complete rebuild of one of the most congested interchanges in the land. And while doing it, engineers must keep 150,000 cars a day barreling over the old bridge and hated highway.
Yes, you do want to read more about a highway bridge.
“After nearly eight years, I was carless and carefree …”
Read Eric Gershon’s confession.
Photo: New Haven Independent
Two weeks ago it was Sen. Richard Blumnethal and this week it will be 1st district congressman John Larson joining Mayor Pedro Segarra at a press conference under the highway Monday morning to try to draw new attention to a plan to replace the elevated highway through Hartford with a a street-level freeway. That’s tomorrow at 10:45 on Flower Street, beneath I-84. It’s a project that makes the busway look like a bargain: estimates range as high as $2 billion for replacing the aging stretch of highway. It’s also, conveniently, a chance to bash Congressional Republicans opposing new transportation spending.
Sometimes the shortest distance between two points isn’t the best route. Check out the flight path for the test pilots trying out the giant new Boeing 787 last week:
In the quiet car there’s nothing but tapping on smartphone screens and clicking keyboards as we glide along the railroad tracks through the early morning Fairfield County darkness.
It might be the best idea since the earbud.
Metro-North, aware that locust-like loud cellphone talkers are plaguing America, finally brought the quiet cars to Connecticut earlier this month. On certain rush-hour trains, the last car is a no-loud-talking zone.
Based on my furtive (and low-volume) conversations aboard the 5:39 out of New Haven Thursday morning, the world’s busiest commuter line might be on to something.
Michael Shaw has been a Metro-North conductor for 27 years