CT: New Haven Alders Accept $762,000 Grant to Study Transit Needs

Aug. 07--NEW HAVEN -- The Board of Alders voted unanimously Wednesday to approve two plans that will help improve the community.

After a long process, alders voted in favor to accept a grant up to $762,000 from the Federal Transit Administration for an intensive study on the city's transit needs.

Last month, the city held four public forums to gauge how it can improve the public transportation issues.

Doug Hausladen, director of Transportation, Traffic and Parking, said residents were spot on with concerns regarding Sunday bus service, extended bus hours and issues with bus transfers.

Hausladen hopes the study will look into all the issues he heard throughout the meetings.

"We need to do the study to have a plan of attack to improve our system," Hausladen said.

Hausladen has said he expects the money to be allocated in October, and about one year of intensive research.

Next in the process will be the formation of management teams to continue to obtain public input. The administration eventually will go out for a request for proposal from professional engineers for the study.

"I appreciate the trust and support from Mayor (Toni) Harp's administration that we'll spend this money wisely," Hausladen said.

Alders also voted to continue with the River Street Development Plan by approving the sale of a portion of 56 River St. to MJG River LLC, ASG River LLC and Yuriy Farina.

The Development Commission approved the plan in 2002.

Plans for the project include the redevelopment of vacant land and buildings, the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic buildings, the development of a waterfront park, the improvement of the public infrastructure and the implementing an appealing and sustainable environment.

Ward 2 Alder Frank Douglass said the acceptance of the deal is an excellent step in small business development, along with creating jobs.

"One will create seven to 15 jobs and the other will create 17 jobs," Douglass said.

Federal and state grants have been expended to upgrade the street and sidewalks.

56 River St. is 1.36 acres of vacant land, on the southeast corner of Poplar and River streets.

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