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Transportation advocates lay out their agenda for gubernatorial candidates

Lyle Wray, executive director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments (Christine Stuart photo)
Lyle Wray, executive director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments (Christine Stuart photo)
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – A broad coalition of advocates gathered Tuesday at Union Station in Hartford and called on the gubernatorial candidates to adopt a set of guidelines for approaching transportation policy.

“We all agree that the public deserves safe and efficient travel and a transportation system that provides transportation options for all the residents,” Karen Burnska, coordinator of the Transit for Connecticut coalition, said. “Transportation here in Connecticut affects the lives of every person, every day.”

The coalition is asking gubernatorial candidates for a debate focused on transportation issues. They are also asking the candidates to protect the current level of funding in the Special Transportation Fund, expedite projects that have already received funding, plan for a future reduction in the Federal Highway Fund, and invest wisely in highway and transit system improvements.

Roger Reynolds of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment said he believes people are willing to make an investment in transportation if they’re guaranteed that money will be spent on transportation improvements.

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  1. Laura

    Tolls would exacerbate an already horrific traffic problem on our highways and would cause spillover to local roads. There would be an adverse impact on local business (people will shop less due to traffic delays), on air pollution and climate (exhaust from idling cars stuck in traffic jams), and more use of fuel leading to more money spent on fuel (when sitting in traffic jams). How much longer will it take commuters to enter I-95 southbound from the 7-Connector in Norwalk than the current quarter- to half-mile backup they already experience? How much longer will it take make weekend visits to my aging parents on Long Island? Enough with this nonsense talk of tolls on CT roadways. Tolls in Connecticut = BAD IDEA!

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