Sunday, June 25, 2006

Malloy on Transportation

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.

Commentary
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.

36 comments:

Chris MC said...

Nice post, GC. Great contribution of time and energy and thinking to your community.

Malloy again appears to have demonstrated a very concrete understanding of the problems Connecticut is facing and has looked beyond our borders to see how others may have dealt effectively with it.

The fact that he has recognized how effective New Jersey has been in dealing with some of the same issues we have suggests to me that his competitive nature is alloyed with an open mind and the crucial ability to fairly judge one's competitor's strengths.

Transportation, education, and health care. Three crucial infrastructural issues that as Governor Malloy is prepared to address. Quite a contrast with the current occupant of the office.

bluecoat said...

cgg: your analysis is right on; malloy only talks about mass transit and half of what he says isn't half bad and half of what he says is already in the works - but you can't get to GE in Fairfield or stamford by rail and never will be able to, you can't even get to the ConnDOT HQ in Newington; none of them want to deal with the highways and i have posted it on here before that SWRPA has a plan, SWRPA advises the SW CT MPO and Malloy who belongs to that MPO and Farrell who once haed ed it up have ignored the recommendations which call for balanced multi-modal soultions because their financial backers don't like the answer...

Chris MC said...

Bluecoat -
Malloy who belongs to [SWRPA] [...] ha[s] ignored the recommendations which call for balanced multi-modal soultions because [his] financial backers don't like the answer..

That is a serious charge, sir. Back it up with facts, please.

bluecoat said...

Prove me wrong becuase as far as I am concerned the facts are already ion evidence...

Genghis Conn said...

While Fairfield County's transportation needs are the most pressing, I hope that whoever the next governor is doesn't forget about central, northern and eastern Connecticut. Public transportation here is next to nothing. The new commuter rail from Springfield to New Haven will help, but there should be more.

P.S. - Chris MC, it was CGG who made this excellent post, not me.

Chris MC said...

bluecoat -
You have implied that Malloy has some financial interest here. Show us the record you refer to, or withdraw or modify your remarks, please.

bluecoat said...

GC: I agree with you on that; all I am saying is there is a very professional and workable plan for SW CT - and it's more than Just Fairfield County covering Greenwich to Danbury to Hamden and down to Branford and back - and they are all ignoring it when it should be the basis for implementation.... The same type of professonal plan needs to be developed for the rest of the state and it hasn't been done...the politicains are flying byt he seat of their pants to what sounds good...and it's both sides/parties...

bluecoat said...

I don't know who you think you are Chris but candidates get campaign money.....

cgg said...

Perhaps I should change my handle to NotGenghis.

Bluecoat, I agree with you about the train system. How many town bus systems even have a stop at the train station? We really do need to rethink our entire transit system but it has to go beyond the trains.

bluecoat said...

or better yet Chris why don't you show me where Malloy and Farrell who go with the DLC wind have embraced the plan....don't try too hard because they haven't...

bluecoat said...

the SWRPA plan, which neither farell nor malloy have embraced because thier financial backers don't like it, addresses the bus to train issue - and the folks pushing the new train staion in fairfield ignore it as well - the buses don't even swing by the station but they do in little and tony New Cannaan believe it or not...

Chris MC said...

CGG -
Sorry, I usually don't miss that. Another nice post.

Chris MC said...

bluecoat -

you're the one making the allegations. back them up with facts or withdraw them, please.

cgg said...

No problem Chris. I'll take it as a compliment on my writing.

bluecoat said...

Chris: NO, I am not withdrawing anything; Malloy's intimidation tactics won't work with me and they won't hide the truth either - you really think I would consider voting for your guy; just produce the information that proves ne wrong - where he says he fully supports and understands the SWRPA plan - that's at least 4 years old now - and will begin to implement it in its entirety the day he is sworn in as Governor...he can even use the excuse that he's never officially supported it in the past becasue he wasn't Governor...

Chris MC said...

CGG -
You do write well. I even read your blog from time to time. :-)

bluecoat said...

and Chris: just to be fair, Rell hasn't supported it either and I have I no idea where JDS stands on it because I don't work on his staff or know anybody who does either...

Wrath of Conn said...

bluecoat you make no sense. You accuse Malloy of something, and then task someone with finding out that your accusation is untrue. That's not how it works my friend. The lack of evidence against something is NOT evidence for it.

Chris MC said...

bluecoat -
You've made a serious charge against Malloy and Farrell, and implicated Rell as well.

Just because you're acting psuedononymously doesn't mean you can make those kinds of statements. And you can expect them to be challenged.

Stop hiding behind that nonsense about a four-year old report. You obviously said more than you intended, so withdraw it.

bluecoat said...

Huh, none of them have embraced or accepted the study; that's a fact. you would think I accused them of murdering somebody without producing the body....Give me a break...the intimidation tactics and spin staements may have worked to get you the votes at your convention, they won't get the votes in the fall...BTW, Shays hasn't endorsed it either...

bluecoat said...

and WoC, I would apprecite it if you did not call me your "friend" as GC asked for no name calling just the other day...

Chris MC said...

bluecoat -
No, you accused them of being on the take. Hopefully for you they will treat your remarks as insignificant, which is the effect statements like that are likely to have on how your other posts are read.

Nobody is trying to intimidate you. You said something you clearly have no basis for and, if you have any integrity at all, you will withdraw it.

bluecoat said...

Give it a break Chris...and stop with your spin too....it hurts your cause just as bad as calling me names and telling me I have a stick up my ass, which actually never bothered me personally because sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me...understand???

bluecoat said...

In fact Shays gave a million dollars to one of the Business groups whose members usually support him financially (meaning campaign financing since you don't get it - but you do don't you?)that (that is headed by Chris Bruhl or is it Buhl?) who has said the plan is too expensive in an OpEd piece..but Bruhl is wrong....the million was for a study known as "one Coast, one future" and I consider it to be a redundant waste of time with the business groups looking for another answer because they don't like the combined one from SWRPA and JDS's Blue Ribbon Comm on Smart Growth and property tax reform....campaign money buys access and access leads to influence; there is nothing criminal here or with Malloy and farrell or even Lieberman; just bad decision making that wastes taxpayer money...

Chris MC said...

OK bluecoat. Retraction recognized. Thanks.

FWIW, when you first posted about that report (some time ago), I immediately downloaded it and started to read it...

bluecoat said...

I didn't retract anything..... but nice spin, is Bubba sitting next to you?... and glad you read it but Malloy and Farrell who were in positions to make it happen have ignored it; and too bad you pooh- poohed it a few minutes ago; and too bad your candidiates Malloy and Farrell who should have known all about it never told you....I am a blogger while they are running for office with all the answers...like I said; I didn't retract anything and won't....

bluecoat said...

speaking of Malloy and Rell clogging the highways and giving away tax breaks for no smart reason here is the latest boondoggle in StamfordDispute stalls RBS project
By Doug Dalena and Mark Ginocchio
Staff Writers the Stamford Advocate
the story is about an insignificant glitch in paperwork because the ConnDOT rubber stamps anything that clog's CT highways - even frequent commentator Bill Collins, the former mayor of Norwalk and Democratic legislator, has spoken out agains it as abd economic and transportation policy.....

bluecoat said...

Oh and my favorite one is an OpEd piece that says the proposed Trump Tower across from Washington Park in Stamford will be "smart growth" as anybody can call their project smart growth when it is smart ofr their pocket book - it will be higher than even Landmark Square - it ain't smart growth it's manipulation...

bluecoat said...

now cgg back to you interview since i got distracted; the off peak use of trains is interesting but who will use them is the big question; the highways are clogged at peak times....you know; Malloy frames the debate well; Drew who backs him does the same thing in Fairfield but mass transit alone even with the buses being routed by the train stations won't unclogg the highways...but they talk about it long and often enough to lull people into thinking it will because they don't listen to experts - just themselves....they have themselves convinced they are on the way to solving the transportation crisis the same way the necons have themselves convinced they are on the way to end global terror...they allsay wahat they want each other to hear....

turfgrrl said...

bluecoat -- Malloy did say something about the problem of getting to and from the train stations. He said that short term, parking garages were needed and that in Stamford they built them. He acknowledged that it was not an optimal solution, and headed into the subway versus train operations.

He also cited that having three different companies running the train system in Connecicut is not a good thing. That consistent operation and expansion was needed.

bluecoat said...

putting the trains under one authority is a good thing but his suggestion to that the trains can be like a subway is naive to stupid - but it sounds Bubba fantastic....he's a DLCer true and true...not everyone can afford to have a car parked at every trian station...they have to fix Route 1 by modernizing and controlling it - like new Jersey does; they have to address sprawl as new jersey has done to some extent and they have to make I95 a limited acces highway and talk about tolls to control demand - Malloy has run counter to this with his Stamford progkamn and that's one reason why he never embraced the SWRPA work...

turfgrrl said...

bluecoat -- yes, he didn't talk about route 1 at all. In fact, I was eager to head further into his industrial zone versus residential and support for niche manufacturing.

But its not just Stamford that has contributed to the traffic grid lock mess. Norwalk is just as bad, but we get credit for at least having the Danbury line. Which btw, Malloy saidshould be 2 way with increased the frequency. I can just hear the howls from Wilton on that.

I'd like to see transportation and Connecticut's future be the campaign issue, but I'm not optimistic that it will be. As a state, we are just so stuck in the mud.

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bluecoat said...

LA: the Supreme Court upheld CT State law with regard to eminent domain; Republicans used to believe in state's rights I thought; CT's law isn't necessarily bad but it's been manipulated by bad policy but it was enabled by your neighbor Johnny for years - the taking of the Kelo property never would have been in question if it were not for CT corporate welfare programs; I know the world would be better off in the right wing's mind if after the military got rid of all the terrorists they would then get rid of the liberals but puhleez blame them when blame is due...

bluecoat said...

and turrfy, what happened in Norwalk is irrelevant, Malloy is the Myaor of Stamford and he wants to be governor....using the same approach he used in Stamford...

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