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Episode 19: Downtown Crossing

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Release Date: 11/03/2021

Episode 34: Rich Andreski’s Farewell Address show art Episode 34: Rich Andreski’s Farewell Address

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Join Rich Andreski as he hosts his last episode of the Along the Lines podcast. As he reflects on the past 7 years as Bureau Chief of Public Transportation at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Rich discusses the highlights, success, accomplishments, and future plans for the CTDOT. While we must bid farewell to our esteemed host, Along the Lines continues with exciting plans for future episodes. Stay tuned!

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Episode 33: New Look - New Haven Union Station show art Episode 33: New Look - New Haven Union Station

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As a major transportation hub for Connecticut, New Haven Union Station is the epicenter of rail connections to New York City, Hartford, New London, Springfield, Boston, Washington, D.C., and points in between. It also welcomes travelers with magnificent architecture, ornate ceilings, and unique designs. On this episode, Rich Andreski and his guests will discuss the historic agreement that will redevelop New Haven Union Station and surrounding neighborhoods, all to better serve riders.

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Episode 32: ParkConneCT Returns - Summer 2022 show art Episode 32: ParkConneCT Returns - Summer 2022

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Summer is right around the corner and the ParkConneCT program has returned for your outdoor adventures! A collaboration with the Connecticut Departments of Transportation (CTDOT) and Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), ParkConneCT will provide safe and reliable transportation to several state parks. Free shuttle connections will be available to access Hammonasset Beach, Silver Sands, Fort Trumbull, Sleeping Giant, Sherwood Island, Osbornedale, and Indian Well State Parks. On this episode, join special guest host Alicia Gonzalez and her guests to hear how ParkConneCT is providing...

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Episode 31: Reconnecting the City of Hartford show art Episode 31: Reconnecting the City of Hartford

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Urban renewal left a legacy of broken neighborhoods in Hartford and other cities. The development of Interstates 91 and 84 allowed for faster transportation into the city but also destroyed neighborhoods and cut the city off from the Connecticut River. Today, programs like iQuilt and the Hartford 400 plan are actively working to reverse this trend and reconnect Hartford’s neighborhoods. Tune in to Episode 31 with Rich Andreski and his guests to hear how a coalition of organizations work together to reclaim land for new neighborhoods, homes, and businesses in Hartford.

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Episode 30: Waterbury Line Improvements show art Episode 30: Waterbury Line Improvements

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Waterbury is a significant hub for Connecticut’s rail network. The Waterbury Line connects people in Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley to New Haven, New York and all points in-between. The recently upgraded Waterbury Line boasts many features that improve operations and our customers’ experience.  Join Rich Andreski and guests from the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments and the CTDOT Office of Rails to hear about the exciting improvements made to the Waterbury Line.

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Episode 29: Transit & Jobs - Getting to Work in CT show art Episode 29: Transit & Jobs - Getting to Work in CT

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Public transportation connects our communities in many ways, especially for job seekers and those entering the workforce. As Connecticut’s economy continues to develop and companies are looking to fill open positions, it is critical that our transportation systems are up-to-date and are aligned to meet our rider’s needs. Tune in to this episode to hear Rich Andreski and his guests discuss the importance of frequent and reliable public transportation in order to support the workforce of Connecticut.

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Episode 28: The Future of CT Bus Systems show art Episode 28: The Future of CT Bus Systems

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For many Connecticut residents, the bus plays a vital role in their day-to-day lives. As technology continues to advance and commute patterns shift, our bus systems must also be enhanced and stay up-to-date to meet the rider’s needs. Electric buses, expanded service hours, real-time signage, and express buses are just a few of the improvements riders have seen.  On this episode, join host Rich Andreski and his guests from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and CTtransit to hear about the future of CT’s bus systems.  

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Episode 27: Mobility On-Demand show art Episode 27: Mobility On-Demand

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E-scooters and e-bikes are small, “micromobility” vehicles, powered by electricity or manual power. They save money on gas, and help the environment. Microtransit is an innovative on-demand transit service that can bridge the gap between public transportation trips. On this episode of Along the Lines, join host Rich Andreski and his guests to learn how both micromobility and microtransit are expanding our travel options and the future of transportation right here in Connecticut.

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Episode 26: Aira- Making Travel More Accessible For Those Who are Blind or Have Low Vision show art Episode 26: Aira- Making Travel More Accessible For Those Who are Blind or Have Low Vision

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For those who are blind or have low vision, navigating life is not easy. Even something as simple as taking a bus or train comes with challenges. With the new pilot program Aira, riders can now live stream through their phone’s camera and connect to personal agents who can help them navigate by describing their surroundings. Tune in to hear more about the CTDOT and the Department of Aging and Disability Services’ (ADS) ongoing effort to create the best public transportation experience for everyone in CT.

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Episode 25: Real People - Real Stories show art Episode 25: Real People - Real Stories

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We all know green commuting is great for the earth and our state, but most residents don’t think about it as part of their day-to-day life. On this episode, we speak with three guests who DO use green commuting options on a daily basis, and they have some wonderful and positive stories to tell about how it has impacted their lives. Sit back, listen, and hear some exciting and inspiring stories about real people using public transportation in Connecticut. And, we promise you it will be “engaging”!

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In 1959, the lively neighborhoods of New Haven, CT were disrupted and separated by the development of the Route 34 expressway. After nearly half a century, they will be reconnected through the Downtown Crossing project. This project will make the city safer, more accessible for pedestrians, and restore the urban street environment bringing economic opportunities to New Haven residents.

In this episode, join Rich Andreski with two guests who oversee the Downtown Crossing project to learn more about it’s positive impact on the city.