About the region
Strategically located midway between New York City and Boston, Central Connecticut is a socioeconomically diverse region of nearly one-quarter million persons with a variety of landscapes and a rich history in manufacturing, education, health care, and media.
The Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency (CCRPA) is the regional and metropolitan planning organization for the cities of Bristol and New Britain and the towns of Berlin, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, and Southington. For over 45 years, CCRPA has worked with government, business, and the public to develop a vision for the region and resolve its challenges. The Agency's mission is to plan and promote regional policies and programs to enhance the vitality, accessibility, and quality of life in our communities.
To contact staff about a specific program, please consult the staff directory. For general inquiries, click Get involved (above).
An engaged public is key to planning. We employ a variety of engagement strategies, including in-person, mail, and online surveys; focus groups; stakeholder committees; and secondary research. In addition to these formal techniques, we are open to and actively seek public input in all stages of the planning process. If you have questions, comments, or would like to help out, we want to hear from you! Here are a couple ways you can get involved:
Attend a meeting
We hold public hearings and informational meetings for many of our projects. Our Board and committees also hold regular meetings. Most of these are open to the public, so you're welcome to attend or review their agendas and minutes.
Talk to us
If you'd like to come to a meeting but can't, or would like to discuss a planning issue that's not being met on, we want to hear from you. Just e-mail, fax, or phone us your comments before the meeting or, if you're interested in a specific project, feel free to get in touch with the project manager. We can also meet in person if you make an appointment.
CCRPA has adopted a Public Participation Plan (en Español) for its public involvement efforts as well as formal complaint procedures. Interpretation and/or translation into Spanish and Polish is available on one-week advance request to individuals requiring it.
Land use and the environment
Disaster preparedness and response
Information for prospective riders
CCRPA offers transportation to persons who, due to disability, are unable to travel on regular CT TRANSIT buses. The service is provided in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is designed to provide disabled persons equal access to public transportation. Only persons who have submitted a complete application and been certified as eligible may use the service.
Information for current riders
To book a trip, call First Transit at 1-855-223-0653 during call hours.
A mature road network connects the region to the surrounding areas of Harford, Waterbury, Torrington, and New Haven. Interstates 84 and 691, State Routes 8, 9 and 72, and U.S. Route 6 serve as the primary interregional routes.
CT Transit has a large fleet of buses that go through parts of the region, with a focus on New Britain. New Britain has thirteen bus routes that go throughout the city, and make connections into surrounding towns and cities. Many of the bus routes go through residential areas, which make it easy for New Britons to access the bus. Bristol has two major bus lines that serve U.S. Route 6 and State Route 72. The rest of the region is largely underserved.