Here are the plan's highlights:
- Creation a new state agency to manage the state's public transit system. (According to the Connecticut Commuter Council, Connecticut is the only state in the nation to run its commuter rail operations out of its department of transportation).
- Create a bi-state Connecticut-Massachusetts Airport and Development Authority. It would aggressively manage the airport and market Connecticut and western Massachusetts.
- Widen I-95 from Branford to the Rhode Island border.
- Audit of all bridges should be completed with a financing plan and timetable to address the state's needs prioritizing safety and usage.
- Immediately invest in commuter rail between service between New Haven and Springfield and pursue commuter rail along I-84.
- Improve freight rail access to Connecticut. Rail options for freight should be expanded using Connecticut's north-south connections to the CSX facilities in Massachusetts.
- Work with New York State to re-establish rail freight movement across the Hudson River and New York Harbor.
- Increase parking, lighting and safety at Metro-North stops in Fairfield County.
- Create a true Port of Connecticut capable of supporting all three ports with financial resources, expanded bonding capacity, planning assistance, and marketing capacity.
- Develop the Port of New London and I-395 into a commercial corridor.
- Immediately seek proposals for high speed ferry service to each of the state's ports with connections to Long Island and New York City.
Tomorrow JDS is hosting meeting a with bloggers. I'm sure there will be a few questions related to transportation.
I have to confess that I saw this on Connecticut Blog before the release made it into my inbox. Thanks to CTBlogger for making me aware of this.
Slap, Derek. "DeStefano Announces Bold Transportation Policy". Official Campaign Pres Release 7//7/2006