Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Wednesday morning they have reached a deal on a 10-year, $2.3 billion transportation package that will not raise gas taxes or require tolls.You know what I don't see in there? That stupid busway! Then again, it could be in there, but the article may not mention it. Well, if it isn't there, maybe they could consider putting a rail line in instead.
It includes money for a commuter rail line between New Haven and Springfield, Mass.; a study of a commuter line from New London to Worcester, Mass.; $45 million to expand Metro-North service from Norwalk to Danbury; and money to upgrade ports in Bridgeport, New London and New Haven.
Lawmakers next year plan to set aside another $2.2 million to $2.4 million for other projects, including highway construction, recommended by the state Transportation Strategy Board, he said. (AP)
I'm curious to see the full details of the plan, but it sounds like it focuses on mass transit and highway construction. The idea of a Worcester-New London commuter rail is interesting: that could be useful along the Thames River, especially.
I'm not sure that there's anything really innovative, here, but it will hopefully help alleviate some of our transportation problems.
"Lawmakers, Governor Reach Deal On Transportation Package." Associated Press 26 April, 2006.