Senator Kissel Applauds $500,000 in Grants to Windsor Locks and Windsor for Transportation Development

October 14, 2011

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-7) today applauded a decision by the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to award a $250,000 grant to the Town of Windsor Locks for a ‘Transit-Oriented Development’ planning study related to the possible relocation of the train station along the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line to facilitate mixed-use development in the downtown area and a $250,000 grant to the Town of Windsor for a ‘Transit-Oriented Development’ and station area plan related to the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line.

“I’m pleased that the towns of Windsor Locks and Windsor were awarded these grants for the study of our community’s place on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line. This funding sets the foundation for improvements to our local transportation system and encourages further community and economic development,” said Senator Kissel.

Windsor Locks and Windsor are two of 11 cities, towns and regional planning organizations awarded state aid for the planning and facilitation of “transit-oriented development” (TOD) projects – work aimed at better linking communities and their transportation infrastructure, such as rail and bus stations.

The funding for this grant was approved by the State Bond Commission earlier this year and municipalities were encouraged to apply. Twenty-three applications totaling $13.2 million were received by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), which, together, made the final determinations on the awards. Input on the applications also came from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, the Department of Economic & Community Development, the Connecticut Development Authority and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority. The grants will be administered by DOT.