The prospect of high-speed commuter rail between New-Haven, CT and Springfield, MA has been a dream of residents, businesses, and educational institutions for decades. FHI Studio’s integrated team of environmental planners, biologists, and soil scientists have been at the forefront of making this dream a reality, conducting wetland delineations and listed species surveys, undertaking wetland mitigation planning, preparing environmental documentation, and developing permits. While much of the track work is complete on the segment from New Haven to Windsor, track improvements north of Windsor and station improvements continue.
Client: Connecticut Department of Transportation
Contact: Laurel Stegina
Located on an environmentally sensitive site, the Neil R. Underwood Bridge is the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s (NHDOT’s) top priority Red-Listed bridge and one of two remaining historic bascule bridges in the state. FHI Studio’s environmental and cultural resources specialists are supporting NHDOT and the Federal Highway Administration in the evaluation of options for the bridge’s rehabilitation or replacement. Detailed documentation of environmental, socioeconomic and cultural resources, extensive agency coordination, and a robust public outreach process have been critical in gaining consensus and advancing the project.
Client: New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Contact: Dan Hageman
In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the City of New York and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development are implementing coastal resiliency measures in Lower Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge-Montgomery Coastal Resilience projectseeks to protect an almost one-mile segment of the Two Bridges Neighborhood in Lower Manhattan from recurrent flooding due to sea level rise and storm surge. FHI Studio is part of a multi-disciplinary team evaluating the potential environmental, social and cultural impacts of the flood protection system, and meeting City, State and federal environmental compliance requirements.
Client: NYC Economic Development Corporation
Contact: Stephanie Dyer-Carroll, AICP
In June 2019, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) closed I-95 in Stamford on two consecutive weekends to remove and replace two deteriorated 5-lane bridges (U.S. Route 1) that spanned over the highway. Five months before the highway closures, we spearheaded CTDOT’s extensive outreach effort to inform the public about the projectand to urge motorists to seek alternative routes on construction weekends. The projectwas a success; traffic was down 50% on construction weekends and the public heaped praise on the contractor and CTDOT for this accelerated bridge construction.
Client: Connecticut Department of Transportation
Contact: Leslie Black
In March of 2020, NYMTC was about to launch its main public outreach efforts for its next long-range Regional Transportation Plan just as the COVID-19 public health emergency arrived in the United States. When NYMTC’s region emerged as the early locus of the pandemic, it became clear that face-to-face interactions would not be an option. In a matter of weeks, NYMTC and its consultant team – led by WSP with FHI Studio as public involvement subconsultant – retooled the outreach effort to create meaningful and engaging virtual public outreach and equitable input into the Regional Transportation Plan.
Client: New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC)
Contact: Leslie Black
This Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) study is a transition from the I-84 Hartford Project, which concluded in December 2019. FHI Studio has several roles including participation on the consultant leadership team, leading public involvement activities, and supporting bicycle/pedestrian and multimodal planning. The projectkicked off during the COVID-19 public health emergency and FHI Studio has been using creative means to reach the public virtually. These activities include an interactive website at https://www.hartfordmobility.com/ and an on-demand portal to engage users through public workshops and focus groups in a virtual setting.
Client: Connecticut Department of Transporation
Contact: Mike Morehouse, PE
New Jersey’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is an action-oriented and data-driven statewide safety plan that provides a comprehensive framework for reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads under state, county, or local jurisdiction. The SHSP establishes statewide goals, objectives, performance measures, and emphasis areas to guide safety programs and investments.
FHI Studio is supporting the NJDOT project team with stakeholder and agency coordination for the development of the SHSP. We are identifying key stakeholders, preparing agenda elements for and facilitating Steering Committee and Emphasis Area Team meetings, preparing for and facilitating major public Safety Summits, developing content for an SHSP website and social media strategy, and maintaining documentation of stakeholders and activities over the course of the plan development.
Client: NJ Department of Transportation
Contact: Ryan Walsh
Moving Dutchess Forward is the long-range transportation plan for Dutchess County, NY, host to rural, suburban, and urban communities north of New York City. The plan is a strategic document to guide transportation improvements over the next 25 years. The plan is entirely digital, to be explored online, reflecting the way people consume and respond to information. FHI Studio built and maintains the plan website, movingdutchessforward.com.
Divided into four unique sections, the plan addresses future growth and trends that have potential impact on the county’s transportation system and infrastructure. Content focuses on the roadway network, public transit, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, multi-modal connections, freight, and technology, among other related topics. Removing barriers to safe, reliable, and equitable transportation options is a primary goal.
Client: Dutchess County Transportation Council
Contact: Shawna Kitzman
FHI Studio developed a comprehensive master plan for Bridgeport featuring a robust public outreach campaign engaging a wide cross section of Bridgeport residents and constituents. We engaged the public in conversations on public health, community resiliency, economic development, and equitable growth. The plan identified clear, achievable priorities and action items based upon that community dialogue. Our focus was on planning with the community, not for the community. FHI Studio provided residents and visitors to Bridgeport every opportunity, across various media, to express their thoughts on the challenges facing Bridgeport as well as their vision for a stronger, bolder Bridgeport.
Client: City of Bridgeport
Contact: Francisco Gomes
FHI Studio leads an ongoing effort with the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) to develop a plan and policy for a complete streets network in their 38 town region. We inventoried currently available infrastructure, developed a map of desired regional complete streets linkages, crafted a funding prioritization policy for encouraging development of the network, and launched an action plan for implementation. To gain community input, we crafted an iterative community engagement process that informed the project team at key points during plan development. To “bring the projectto the people,” the team hosted 12 pop-up events throughout the region, which included quick-build demonstration projects.
Client: Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG)
Contact: Mike Morehouse
FHI Studio led an assessment of potential transit enhancements linking New Jersey’s first and third largest cities: Newark and Paterson. Along with our partners, we conducted a market study and high-level feasibility assessment to identify mode/alignment options and service opportunities to improve mobility, equity, and opportunity. NJ TRANSIT’s demand forecast model revealed strong potential for the corridor, with utility for the cities and the smaller communities in between.
Client: Passaic County, NJ
Contact: Chris Henry
FHI Studio partnered with the Jersey City, NJ to develop a Pedestrian Enhancement Plan for the City. The plan focused on six corridors, providing recommendations for both near-term quick-fixes as well as longer-term capital projects and policy changes aimed at improving the safety, comfort, and attractiveness of the walking environment. The planning process included a methodology and selection of the priority corridors, holding community walkability workshops in each, and developing recommendations reports for each corridor. Each of the walkability workshops and pop-up events included the demonstration of potential pedestrian realm improvements.
Jersey City jumped into implementation, expanding the demonstration projects to a program of curb extensions, parklets, and other safety and mobility enhancements city-wide. We’re proud to have helped the city launch what continues to be a thoughtful and robust effort to create livable streets for people.
Client: City of Jersey City, NJ
Contact: Ryan Walsh
We’re providing Raritan, NJ and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) with a community-driven 10-year economic, land use, and multimodal vision for the borough’s downtown. The plan includes activation of the riverfront, a new pedestrian link between the main commercial street and the river, and encouragement for transit-supportive “missing middle” housing. FHI Studio also provided detailed hybrid form-based zoning ordinances.
The plan emerged from extensive virtual engagement, including FHI Studio’s custom-built, online workshop. Highly active workshop participants were invited to join the mayor, elected officials, and Borough staff in a Plan Implementation Working Group. The group studied other downtown organizations, identified the right structure for Raritan, and assumed responsibility for implementing the plan’s recommendations. Learn more: www.downtownraritan.com.
Client: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA)
Contact: Adam Tecza