By first presenting a vision of transit in Connecticut and then figuring out how to finance it via the legislative process the state is on the right track say Lyle Wray, Capitol Region Council of Governments executive director and Karen Burnaska, Transit for Connecticut coalition coordinator.
Mr. Wray and Ms. Burnaska agree with Governor Malloy’s recent statements that efforts to remake the state’s transportation system are well underway, and there is great progress being made on upgrading public transportation noting CTfastrak’s expected opening in two months and the expansion of the Hartford rail line, opening in 2016.
Despite these successes, continued and increased funding is critical to keep us moving forward they say, especially given that, “Connecticut relies more heavily on federal transportation funding than most other states do, and it spends less state money per capita on transportation than New York and Massachusetts.”
Mr. Wray and Ms. Burnaska hope Governor Malloy’s budget speech on Feb. 18 will help advance this critical effort, garnering support to for a new transportation vision and the necessary funding to implement it.
OpEd: State Headed In Right Direction On Transportation