In this action area, our overall vision is a multi-modal, affordable transportation network with safe biking and walking options and fewer vehicle-related emissions, which improves air quality and cuts asthma rates.

A hundred years ago, streetcars transported people efficiently along our major avenues. And Hartford was a transportation innovator: in 1878, the Pope Manufacturing Company started producing “safety bicycles,” and in 1902, Hartford became the birthplace of the electric vehicle.

The rise of the automobile in the 1950s resulted in the dismantling of the streetcars, the construction of I-84 and I-91, and the neglect of bikes and buses. Now, 2.1 vehicle miles are traveled in Hartford daily, some by about 90,000 commuters.

Unfortunately, cars contribute to climate change and pollute our air. They also make us exercise, walk, and bike less. So we must facilitate other modes of travel. Hartford has made some some progress, including passing a Complete Streets Policy and an award-winning zoning code, becoming a Bike Friendly Community, and promoting electric vehicles. On the horizon are high frequency commuter rail service (coming 2018), and the reconstruction of part of I-84, which will open up land for parks and new development. The steps in this Plan complement these efforts, and can help improve our quality of life while addressing climate change.

Given this context, the 5 goals in the area of Transportation set forth in the Climate Action Plan are:

  • Goal 1: Increase Walking and Biking
  • Goal 2: Increase Transit Use
  • Goal 3: Decrease Emissions from Vehicles
  • Goal 4: Make Streets Safer
  • Goal 5: Increase Transportation Resiliency

Read about what you can do for cleaner, more efficient transportation.