The governor announced on Wednesday morning that projects in 11 towns and cities that "support transit-oriented development" and "boost economic activity" will receive funding.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said the cities and towns will receive $15 million from the Connecticut Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development Grant Program, which is administered by the Office of Policy and Management.
Malloy stressed that transportation "isn't just about cars, trains, and buses."
"It’s about building vibrant communities and continuing to make Connecticut a more attractive place to live, visit, and do business,” Malloy said. “Today’s grant awards will build upon the smart, targeted investments we have made in recent years, which have already lead to significant growth in transit-oriented development across the state.”
The governor's office said grants for the following projects have been approved:
The funding for the projects came from a combination of funding from the Responsible Growth Incentive Fund and the Transit-Oriented Development and Pre-development Fund. The State Bond Commission approved a total of $15 million to be used for the projects.
The Office of Policy and Management "with input from other state agencies – reviewed, rated, and ranked each of the proposals," according to the governor's office.
“I am pleased to move forward with these important and worthwhile investments,” OPM Secretary Ben Barnes said in a statement on Wednesday. “Until recent years, Connecticut ignored forward-looking projects to foster growth in our local economies. These grants will strengthen our cities and the state and – more importantly – will do so responsibly.”
Malloy made the announcement at the downtown CTfastrak station on Main Street in New Britain on Wednesday morning.
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