Greater Bridgeport Planning Region situated approximately 50 miles from New York City and 150 miles from Boston, the Greater Bridgeport Planning Region is part of the I-95 urban corridor that forms the "spine" of the megalopolis that stretches from Boston south to Washington, D.C.
Given its close proximity to New York City, the area is also included within the Tri-State Metropolitan Region. This close proximity to major population centers has enabled the Greater Bridgeport Planning Region to become one of the premier transportation hubs in southern New England.
The Region offers area residents a diverse and integrated range of transportation options, most of which are centered in Downtown Bridgeport. Amenities include an extensive highway network, rail facilities, intra-regional bus services, a regional airport, port facilities, and ferry services to Long Island.
Within this compact region is a diversity of people, natural features, culture, and recreational activities.
Long Island Sound is the Region's dominant natural feature, adjoining coastal beaches, marshlands, and natural harbors.
Further inland, the topograghy includes numerous streams and rivers, low-lying coastal terrain, rolling hills, and steeper terrain with elevations up to 700 feet.
Given its proximity to the Sound, the Greater Bridgeport Planning Region experiences a more moderate climate than more inland areas of New England and the Northeast.
Coastal precipitation, however, tends to be heavier than inland areas.