Yesterday's Q&A with Malloy was interesting. Going into it I wasn't sure what to expect. I've heard Malloy's stump speech a few times now, and I'm pretty familiar with the content on his official site. What I was really looking forward to was how he'd respond to questions as opposed to the content of his answers.
To his credit Dan attempted to answer every question, even those that he probably didn't want asked. He seemed flustered by questions about his membership in the DLC and the Fabrizi scandal, but was able to defend his positions to a small group of people who often didn't agree with him with civility. Elements of the stump speech crept in but I feel like he generally tried to answer questions for what they were rather than simply repeating the standard bullet points.
Malloy on Transportation
Dan was asked about the rail system in Fairfield County and how to make it more viable. He said that two of the biggest problems with transportation are a lack of funding and a lack of parking at most stations. According to Malloy Connecticut views it's rail system with a "100 year old mindset." Malloy wants to change this way of thinking and cites the NYC subways system and Jersey Transit as examples.
Malloy would like to have all of Connecticut's trains running under the same operation. He also feels it's time to acknowledge the reality that the trains aren't just used to commute between CT and NYC. He wants to see more trains into Waterbury, a train to Springfield MA, and an expansion of the Danbury lines. During off-peak hours the trains could be used more like a subway system. He again used New Jersey and how they received for Federal Funds as an example of what Connecticut should do.
New Jersey as the gold standard? That breaks my heart because it's true. It's fairly easy to get to most towns without a car. Viewing our rails as a subway system seems less realistic to me. The problem isn't in getting from town to town, but what form of transit you use when you do. The best part of Malloy's Transportation agenda would be having all of our trains run by one operation. The less that Connecticut has to deal with the MTA, the better.