December 2021
Issue 91
In This Issue:
  • Congratulations, Graduates!
  • The T2 Center Is Turning 40!
  • Safety Matters: A Roadway Safety Resource Wrap-up
  • Signal Spotlight: Traffic Signal Cabinet Security
  • Innovation Station: CTDOT Announces Launch of New Online Hub for Transportation Data
  • 20 Years, 1600 Complete Streets Policies
  • Governor Lamont Announces Pilot Program Offering Virtual Mobility Assistance While Using Connecticut Transit
  • New England APWA Chapter Connects: Sustainable Winter Operations - Are You Prepared? (Video)
  • 'Twas The Night Before The Big Snow Storm
  • Holiday Message from the T2 Center
Congratulations, Graduates!
On November 18, 2021, the Training & Technical Assistance (T2) Center staff, guests and Connecticut’s top transportation leaders honored 143 professionals who completed one or more of seven different certificate programs in 2020 and 2021.
Programs Completed:
  • Public Works Academy
  • Road Master Program
  • Road Scholar Program
  • Local Traffic Authority Program
  • Transportation Leadership Program
  • Safety Academy Program
  • Traffic Signal Technician Certificate Program

The T2 Center's website has been updated with graduates' names, programs and pictures.

To read more about the ceremony, click here.
The T2 Center Is Turning 40!
In 2022, the CT T2 Center will be celebrating our 40th anniversary. I know, we don't look a day over 30!
Keep an eye out in 2022 for fun ways we will be celebrating 40 years of being part of the Connecticut Transportation Community.
A Roadway Safety Resource Wrap-up
The end of another year is fast approaching, and what better time to look back on all the great resources and tools that have been made available to local agencies to help improve roadway safety!

The Federal Highway Administration’s website is home to great safety resources and information to address roadway safety issues on local roads. These have been promoted throughout the year, but in case you missed them, here they are again.

  • Safe System Approach, which starts with the belief that death and serious injury on our roadways is unacceptable and that humans will make mistakes, has six basic principles as its foundation that are realized through five related elements. More information can be found here.

  • Expansion of the Safe System Approach for Pedestrians and Bicyclists with this primer.
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For more information and assistance with local road safety in your community, contact Melissa Evans, Safety Circuit Rider, at [email protected].
Signal Spotlight: Traffic Signal Cabinet Security
Traffic signal cabinets are typically locked to prevent equipment damage or theft and, more importantly, to protect road users from the safety and liability risk of a malfunctioning or non-functioning signal due to tampering. Traditionally, traffic signal cabinet locks use a standard #2 key. This provides a level of convenience as signal technicians, engineers, and contractors can all access the cabinet. However, these keys can easily be purchased on the internet. This means anyone can obtain a #2 key and access any number of traffic signal cabinets with the agency operating the traffic signal left unaware. If an employee drops their key, an individual could pick it up and use it to tamper with or steal cabinet equipment.
With the introduction of electronic controllers with networking capabilities, the role of traffic signal cabinets has changed. In the past cabinets simply housed electromechanical equipment, but now they are used to provide a vital level of network security. Increasingly, municipalities are connecting traffic signal controllers to their computer networks to allow for central control of the signals and monitoring of camera feeds. The need to protect the computers and sensitive information on these networks has prompted manufacturers to produce new security solutions that can be installed in new cabinets or retrofitted in existing cabinets.

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CTDOT Announces Launch of New Online Hub for Transportation Data
Public Invited to Access New “Open Data Hub” for CTDOT Data, Applications, and More.

On November 17, 2021, Commissioner Joseph Giulietti announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation has launched Open Data Hub, a new one-stop-shop for the public to access transportation data. The Hub allows the public to access and download timely location-based data and perform analysis through easy-to-use online tools, applications, and dashboards.
As a live platform with geospatial data, the Hub allows users to access official CTDOT data, such as traffic volumes, crashes, and roadway characteristics and classifications. Additional authoritative datasets and applications are in development and will come online as they are available.

“The Open Data Hub is about empowering the public with information,” said Commissioner Joseph Giulietti. “By putting data at the fingertips of the people we serve, we are transforming the way the CTDOT does business. Transparent and accessible data on the Hub will foster better understanding of the work we do as one of the state’s largest agencies and help drive better collaboration in problem-solving and innovation.”

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20 Years, 1600 Complete Streets Policies
Newly released maps show the rapid rate of Complete Streets policy adoption across the country from 2000 to 2020, showing a crystal clear progression of Complete Streets policies across the country. By the end of 2020, almost 1,600 communities across the country had demonstrated their commitment to providing safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, race, ethnicity, or mode of travel. 
The new maps were produced in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative. Click here to view a PDF version of these maps showing the year-by-year progress in one downloadable PDF document.

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Governor Lamont Announces Pilot Program Offering Virtual Mobility Assistance While Using Connecticut Transit
New Service Providing Access and Independence to People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision Launches on Blind Americans Equality Day.
Governor Ned Lamont announced on October 14, 2021, that the State of Connecticut is launching an 18-month pilot program offering Aira at no cost for individuals who are blind or have low vision. Aira is a service that enables persons who are blind or have low vision to connect with highly trained, live agents in real-time for assistance using the public transportation system and other essential services.
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For more information on this program and instructions for how to sign up, visit
New England APWA Chapter Connects: Sustainable Winter Operations - Are You Prepared? (Video)
Sustainability in Winter Operations is more important than ever. With environmental impacts increasing and budgets continuing to decline, state agencies, cities and towns must employ best practices to minimize salt use and maximize their operations for both fiscal and environmental stewardship. Watch this panel of winter operations professionals from each of the New England states discuss best practices for salt application and maintenance of public works facilities and equipment. You will also hear about the positive impacts these strategies can have on your community and operations.  
'Twas The Night Before The Big Snow Storm
Written by Mike Gantick adapted from the classic poem: A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore
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