Central Connecticut Regional Planning AgencyCT

Statutory and contractual functions

Federal

Transportation planning

CCRPA is the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for central Connecticut. Every urbanized area of at least 50,000 persons must have an MPO in order to access federal transportation funding. As the region's MPO, CCRPA is responsible for the management of transportation planning in the region, including data collection and analysis of transportation issues facing the region, identification of potential solutions, development and regular updates of regional plans, selection of transportation projects for support, and budgeting of federal funds.

As part of the process, CCRPA collaborates extensively with a variety of actors. These range from interested citizens and local governments to the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations. CCRPA also works closely with neighboring RPOs, including including the Capitol Region Council of Governments and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments, with whom CCRPA forms the Hartford Transportation Management Area.

Economic development

CCRPA is the parent organization to the Central Connecticut Economic Development Alliance (CCEDA). As such, CCRPA produces and updates the region's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. In addition to the CEDS, CCRPA and the Alliance are seeking designation of the region as an Economic Development District.

State

Regional planning

CCRPA is the designated Regional Planning Organization for central Connecticut . Under enabling legislation for regional planning, the Agency is authorized to perform the following activities:

  1. Provide technical assistance to member municipalities and other public agencies;
  2. Make recommendations to member municipalities for the efficient and economical development or operation of public facilities or services in relation to regional economic and social welfare and the municipalities;
  3. Give technical assistance and make recommendations in instances where two or more member municipalities are considering the joint development or operation of a physical facility or service;
  4. Whenever two or more municipalities seek to join together in the formation of a district permitted under the General Statutes or a special act for joint development or operation of physical facilities and services, the proposal must be referred to the regional planning agency for an advisory report; and
  5. The regional planning agency must make a plan of development for its region.

In other State legislation, regional planning agencies are given additional duties:

  1. Proposed zone changes within 500 feet of the boundary of any municipality located within or adjacent to the Region must be referred by the zoning commission to the regional planning agency for an advisory report;
  2. Similarly, a proposed subdivision of land which will abut or include land in one or more member municipalities must be referred to the regional planning agency for an advisory report; and
  3. Certain municipal development projects for industrial and business purposes must be referred to the regional planning agency.

Transit district

State legislation enables municipalities jointly to form a transit district. Transit districts enjoy certain rights, including the assumption of transit operations from the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the imposition of taxes on their members. As region has not opted for a transit district, CCRPA serves de facto as its transit district. While this means the Agency does not exercise direct control over the region's buses, as part of its transportation planning, CCRPA actively monitors and provides input to their operator, CTTRANSIT.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has contracted with CCRPA to provide ADA paratransit service in central Connecticut. (ADA paratransit is public transportation mandated by the federal government for persons who, on account of disability, cannot use regular buses.) CCRPA is responsible for all aspects of paratransit in the region. These include service monitoring and planning, operations, advertising and outreach, processing of applications, coordination with neighboring operators, and customer service.