Opinion: State needs to prioritize how it spends transportation money

Suzanne Bates
Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is a writer living in South Windsor with her family. While traveling across the country as an Air Force spouse, she worked for news organizations including the Associated Press, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and Good Morning America Weekend. She recently completed a research fellowship at the Yankee Institute.

With Connecticut coming in last or nearly last on so many nationwide lists, we may be numb to another dose of bad news. But this week’s report that we are tied for last place for our poor road quality demands action.

The report, issued by the White House, said that 41 percent of Connecticut’s roads are in poor condition. Responses to the news stories on our state’s last-place finish showed that people are frustrated that we are amongst the most taxed people in the nation — including our sky-high gas taxes — and yet we still have a crumbling infrastructure.

The Malloy administration has tried to deflect blame for the poor quality of the state’s roads and other transportation infrastructure, blaming instead stagnant federal funding and (surprise, surprise) previous administrations.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.


2 responses to “Opinion: State needs to prioritize how it spends transportation money”

  1. Very Concerned

    Norwalk needs to get its transportation dollars in order.

    Why does Norwalk have large buses driving around in residential areas every half hour with nobody in them? What about a mini bus? Or no bus at all? Somebody needs to look into this.

  2. EveT

    Norwalk has huge buses because federal money was available for buses, not for minibuses. The buses had to be huge or else no federal money.

    Typical case of thinking that if money doesn’t come out of the city budget, it’s “free.” Federal money is taxpayer money too, but if Norwalk declined the money then some other town would have gotten it.

    Other countries, including poor countries, have networks of minibuses that run frequently and serve convenient routes throughout residential areas. As a result, people use them all the time. The US should do more to implement this kind of accessible minibus transportation.

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