Transportation research guide

  • Table of contents
  • Recent OLR Reports

The Office of Legislative Research writes nonpartisan reports for legislators on various topics. Recent reports related to the Transportation Committee’s subject areas include:

Seat Belts on School Buses – 2024-R-0022

Driver’s License Knowledge Test Languages – 2023-R-0308

Low Speed Vehicles – 2023-R-0242

Use of Colored and Flashing Light on Motor Vehicles – 2023-R-0130

Direct Sales by Tesla in Connecticut – 2023-R-0186

Violations With Driver’s License Suspension Penalties – 2023-R-0187

2023 Acts Affecting Transportation – 2023-R-0131

Tow Truck Warning Light Colors in Other States – 2023-R-0128

Car Dealer Document Fee Caps – 2023-R-0092

Drugged Driving and Compelled Testing – 2022-R-0272

  • Websites

State agencies

Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Dept. of Transportation (DOT), including:

            CT Transit bus service

            Hartford Line rail service (DOT, CT Rail, and Amtrak)

            Shore Line East rail service

            Office of the State Traffic Administration

Connecticut Airport Authority

Connecticut Port Authority

 

State boards, commissions, and task forces

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

Commuter Rail Council

 

Federal government

U.S. Dept. of Transportation, including:

            Bureau of Transportation Statistics

            Federal Aviation Administration

            Federal Highway Administration

            Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

            Federal Transit Administration

            National Highway Transportation Safety Administration

National Transportation Safety Board

 

Other organizations

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

American Automobile Association (AAA)

American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Amtrak

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA)

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Metro-North Railroad

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Transportation Research Board, including the National Cooperative Highway Research Program

 

Other online resources

Congressional Budget Office infrastructure and transportation reports

CT.gov driving and transportation links

Connecticut Dept. of Transportation maps

Connecticut Dept. of Transportation studies

Connecticut Dept. of Transportation Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) – includes project lists and air quality reports

Connecticut law about driving too fast – research guide by the Judicial Branch Law Libraries

Connecticut law about driving under the influence – research guide by the Judicial Branch Law Libraries

Connecticut law about pedestrians (crosswalks) – research guide by the Judicial Branch Law Libraries

Connecticut law about towing and wreckers – research guide by the Judicial Branch Law Libraries

Photographs from aerial surveys of Connecticut at the Connecticut State Library

  • Periodicals

CASE Bulletin – Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering; electronic subscription.

CBIA News – CT Business and Industry Association; print subscription.

School Transportation News – STN Media Group

Periodicals available through ResearchIT CT (free access from your desk, or off-campus with a Connecticut public library card; click on “Advanced Search” to access the database, then click on “Advanced Search” again, then select “Journal title/source” from the drop-down menu to the right of the first search field, then enter the periodical title in the search field):

            American City & County

            Civil Engineering

            Journal of Transportation Engineering

            Journal of Urban Planning & Development

            Public Roads

            Roads & Bridges

            Transportation Journal

            Transport Reviews

  • Databases

Connecticut Crash Data Repository – data from the Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection (formerly the Dept. of Public Safety) and the Dept. of Transportation; hosted by the University of Connecticut.

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) – from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Compiles annual data on fatal injuries from motor vehicle traffic crashes.

NCSL Autonomous Vehicles Bill Tracking Database – from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Tracks legislation from 2017-present.

NCSL Traffic Safety Bill Tracking Database – from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tracks legislation from 2007-present.

NCSL Transportation Funding and Finance Bill Tracking Database – from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Tracks legislation from 2013-present.

  • Mandated reports

Please note this is not an exhaustive list. Contact the library for these and other reports.

Advance notification of municipal road work to gas, water and other utility companiesAdvance notification of municipal road work to gas, water and other utility companies – by the Office of Policy and Management; pursuant to PA 22-118 s.462

Automated work zone speed control pilot legislative reportAutomated work zone speed control pilot legislative report – by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to PA 21-2 s.304 June

Clean Air Act fee and state expenditures – annual report by the Office of Policy and Management; pursuant to CGS 14-49b

Commission on Connecticut’s Development and Future final reportCommission on Connecticut’s Development and Future final report – pursuant to PA 21-29 s.13 and PA 22-74 s.22

Compliance with the Railroad Tax Exemption Program – annual report by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to CGS 13b-230

Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board annual report – pursuant to CGS 13b-13a(h)

Connecticut Commuter Rail Council annual report – pursuant to CGS 13b-212c

Connecticut Port Authority annual financial report – pursuant to CGS 1-123(a)

Connecticut Port Authority annual activities summary, operating and financial statements, and legislation recommendations – pursuant to CGS 15-31a(k)

Connecticut Port Authority annual projects and recommendations report – pursuant to CGS 15-31a(o)

Connecticut Port Authority quarterly report on pending and current contracts, small harbor projects, and the State Pier construction project – pursuant to CGS 15-31k

Connecticut Public Transportation Commission annual report and recommendations – pursuant to CGS 13b-11c(d)

Eastern Connecticut corridor rail and transit feasibility study (ECRTS)Eastern Connecticut corridor rail and transit feasibility study (ECRTS) – by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to PA 21-175 s.20 and PA 23-135 s.10

Electric vehicle reportElectric vehicle report – by the Dept. of Administrative Services; pursuant to CGS 4a-67d(g)

Emissions program reports – monthly reports by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles; pursuant to CGS 14-16h(a)

Idaho stop studyIdaho stop study – by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to PA 23-116 s.1

Merits and feasibility of establishing a facility to train police officers on the symptoms of cannabis impairmentMerits and feasibility of establishing a facility to train police officers on the symptoms of cannabis impairment – by the Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection; pursuant to PA 21-1 s.165 June

Merits and feasibility of establishing a police phlebotomy programMerits and feasibility of establishing a police phlebotomy program – by the Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection; pursuant to PA 21-1 s.165 June

Methods to improve notification of height restrictions on the Merritt ParkwayMethods to improve notification of height restrictions on the Merritt Parkway – by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to PA 17-230 s.10

Metropolitan planning organizations consolidation studyMetropolitan planning organizations consolidation study – by the CT Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations; pursuant to SA 23-13

Municipal automated enforcement (speed camera and red light camera) plans status – annual report by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to CGS 14-307h

No turn on red reportNo turn on red report – by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to PA 23-116 s.1

Q Bridge west shore and east shore properties (I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program parcel inventory)Q Bridge west shore and east shore properties (I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program parcel inventory) – by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to PA 19-161 s.12

State fleet composition and fuel usage report – annual report by the Dept. of Administrative Services; pursuant to CGS 4a-67d

State-wide policy and interagency approach to eliminate all transportation-related fatalities and severe injuries – annual report by the Vision Zero Council; pursuant to CGS 13b-23b

Statewide Senior Center Workgroup reportStatewide Senior Center Workgroup report – pursuant to PA 21-7

Taxi and transportation network company (TNC) service levels for individuals with disabilities – by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to PA 19-161 s.42
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Vegetation management guidelines – by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to PA 23-135 s.33

Wait time reports – by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles; annual report pursuant to CGS 14-11e(a) and monthly report pursuant to CGS 14-11e(b)

Wrong way detection pilot project – annual report by the Dept. of Transportation; pursuant to CGS 13a-97e

  • Finding OLR Reports and more in the vertical files: index headings

For OLR Reports and other materials related to the Transportation Committee’s work, index headings include:

Aeronautics
Boats and Boating
Bridges
Emergency Vehicles
Gasoline
Gasoline Dealers
Highways
Highways-Construction
Highways-Finance
Infrastructure
Mass Transit
Motor Vehicles-(subtopic folders for CT Dept. of, Emission Control Systems, Inspections, Licenses, and Registration)
Motorcycles
Railroads
Schools-Transportation
Ships and Shipping
Tolls
Towing
Transportation
Trucks

The library assigns topical index headings to all OLR Reports and keeps hard copies of the reports organized by these index headings. Reports from 1994 to the present are in the library’s file cabinets (aka the “vertical files”) in the red-tabbed folders, as well as online in full text. Older reports are in two sets of bound volumes (one set for the 1970s, and one for 1980-1993) on the library’s shelves.

The same index headings the library uses for OLR Reports have been used to organize over 600 subject files of materials such as newspaper clippings, court decisions, press releases, pamphlets, and other resources that would be more difficult to locate if they were dispersed throughout the library’s general collection. The subject files are in the blue-tabbed folders in the file cabinets. (Many of the items in these folders have also been digitized by the library, and their electronic versions can be found in the library’s intranet catalog.)

  • Reference works

Traffic Safety Culture Index – annual report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Transportation Fast Facts – periodic report by the CT Dept. of Transportation

  • Call number ranges

For the past several years, almost all newly published items added to the library’s collection have been in electronic format only. These items are accessible in full text through the library’s intranet catalog. Many old print materials have also been digitized and uploaded to the library’s catalog.

To get a general sense of a subject’s history, however, you may find it useful to browse the library stacks in certain locations to see print copies of older publications (and the occasional newer item that was published both electronically and in print). For publications related to transportation, call number ranges include, but are not limited to:

380 commerce, communications and transportation

385 railroad transportation

386 inland waterway and ferry transportation

387 water, air and space transportation

388 transportation; ground transportation

Hard copies of mandated reports that were produced only once or as a limited series are shelved by the number of the act that required the report. Hard copies of mandated reports produced regularly with no set end date (for example, state agencies’ annual reports) are shelved in the stacks by subject.

  • Other resources in the library’s collection

Alcohol, other drug, and multiple drug use among driversAlcohol, other drug, and multiple drug use among drivers – by the National Transportation Safety Board, 2022

Comprehensive pedestrian safety strategyComprehensive pedestrian safety strategy – by the CT Dept. of Transportation, 2021

Connecticut I-84 corridor congestion relief study – by CDM Smith; published by the Federal Highway Administration and the CT Dept. of Transportation, 2016

Connecticut I-95 corridor congestion relief study – by CDM Smith; published by the Federal Highway Administration and the CT Dept. of Transportation, 2016

Connecticut transportation by the numbers: meeting the state’s need for safe and efficient mobilityConnecticut transportation by the numbers: meeting the state’s need for safe and efficient mobility – by TRIP (The Road Information Program), 2017

Connecticut Type II statewide noise analysis: final Type II noise analysis reportConnecticut Type II statewide noise analysis: final Type II noise analysis report – published by the CT Dept. of Transportation, 2024

Connecticut’s statewide long-range transportation plan – periodic report published by the CT Dept. of Transportation

Dept. of Motor Vehicles Connecticut Integrated Vehicle and Licensing System (CIVLS) information technology security auditDept. of Motor Vehicles Connecticut Integrated Vehicle and Licensing System (CIVLS) information technology security audit – by the Auditors of Public Accounts, 2019

The economic significance of Connecticut automotive dealersThe economic significance of Connecticut automotive dealers – by the CT Center for Economic Analysis, 2021

Governor’s Transportation Finance Panel final report, 2016: reportreportpresentationpresentationattachmentsattachments, and tables tables

Innovative technology deployment: development of a virtual screening facility pilot project for Connecticut’s commercial vehicle enforcement programInnovative technology deployment: development of a virtual screening facility pilot project for Connecticut’s commercial vehicle enforcement program – by the CT Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE), 2017

Pedestrian traffic fatalities by state – annual report by the Governors Highway Safety Association

Performance audit compliance report: Dept. of Motor Vehicles background check process for student transportation employeesPerformance audit compliance report: Dept. of Motor Vehicles background check process for student transportation employees – by the Auditors of Public Accounts, 2021

Report card for Connecticut’s infrastructureReport card for Connecticut’s infrastructure – by the American Society of Civil Engineers, 2022

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) – periodic report by the CT Dept. of Transportation

Strategies for improving transportation project delivery performanceStrategies for improving transportation project delivery performance – by the CT Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE), 2016

Sustainability strategies to minimize the carbon footprint for Connecticut bus operationsSustainability strategies to minimize the carbon footprint for Connecticut bus operations – by the CT Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE), 2018

Tolling U.S. highways and bridgesTolling U.S. highways and bridges – by the Congressional Research Service, 2017

Transportation governance and finance: a 50-state review of state legislatures and departments of transportationTransportation governance and finance: a 50-state review of state legislatures and departments of transportation – by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), 2016

Transportation infrastructure five-year capital plan – annual report by the CT Dept. of Transportation

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