The Wheelhouse Digest
11:03 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Bikes, Trains, and Automobiles

You may have noticed this morning that I-84 near the Connecticut-New York border will be shut down temporarily this weekend, while a bridge is repaired. That got us thinking at The Wheelhouse Digest about other ways to get around. What you need to know now is a little bit of transportation news from around the state.

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Jim Travers on Thursday unveiled a new bike corral in New Haven.
Credit Melissa Bailey / NewHavenIndependent.org

BIKES TAKE OVER A PARKING SPOT IN NEW HAVEN
The "bike corral" is part of an effort to rethink parking downtown.

A large 16-bike rack took over an on-street parking spot in downtown New Haven this week, on College Street near Chapel. Melissa Bailey reports the rack was unveiled Thursday by Jim Travers, Director of the Department of Transportation, Traffic and Parking. "This is not about creating a bike rack, but about creating a sense of place," Travers said.

Read more at The New Haven Independent.

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NO SLEEP IN NIANTIC
Amtrak apologized for repair noise near Crescent Beach.

Defective concrete railroad ties are being replaced in East Lyme by Amtrak, but officials neglected to announce the work to residents in advance. Instead, they woke in the middle of the night this week to a lot of echoing noise by machinery, horns, and truck back-up alarms, and even a little bit of house-shaking.

Read more at The Day.

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IF YOU MUST DRIVE, DON'T TEXT
Governor Malloy cautions high schoolers about the perils of distracted driving.

Teens might consider biking or taking the train instead of hopping in a driver's seat. But if they drive, Governor Malloy wants them to know how important it is to focus on the task at hand, instead of texting their friends or checking Facebook updates. Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman told students gathered on Thursday, "No message is so important that you can't wait."

Read more at The Hartford Courant.