PAC Meeting #15Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The I-84 Hartford Project Team has been working with communities to identify the best solution for fixing I-84. After exploring four different alternatives, or options, we're close to deciding on the future of the highway. A formal decision is expected in spring 2020.
The project team recommends taking the elevated and tunnel alternatives off the table for further consideration. These options do not meet the project Purpose and Need. The best option seems to be the lowered alternative, which would bring the highway down to ground level and below most of the local streets, like Asylum, Broad and Sigourney Streets, and Capitol Avenue.
Under the alternatives that involve relocation of the railroad, a new rail station would be needed. This presents a chance to rethink Hartford's transit station as a multi-modal activity hub. The transit station area will remain in its current spot, at the edge of downtown and Asylum Hill. In 2017, the I-84 Project Team and City of Hartford will study how an improved station area may look and function.
Relocation of the rail line will render the existing rail platform at Union Station unusable. This presents an opportunity to both plan for a better, more functional transit hub while repurposing the historic Union Station.
This intermodal planning effort will include two main tasks. Transit planning will include assessment of facilities and services, as well as passenger amenities. Land use planning will ensure compatibility among the new station and surrounding neighborhoods. Transit-oriented development, or TOD, is a priority to serve all modes.
Stay tuned, and share your thoughts, as transit station area plans develop.