The CT Mirror » Connecticut pumps nearly $1.6 billion in new state and federal money into its transportation capital program each year. The problem, Department of Transportation officials testified Monday, is that to make all repairs and the strategic enhancements needed to transform the aging, overcrowded system, Connecticut needs to find 30 percent more.
Hartford Currant » Gov. Ned Lamont was sworn in just a few weeks ago, and already he has a full plate when it comes to transportation. More than half of Connecticut’s roads are in poor condition; 338 of the state’s bridges have been rated “structurally deficient,” and the fastest trip time between New Haven and Grand Central on Metro North is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The CT Mirror » Connecticut could implement a “strategic and incremental” widening of Interstate 95 to relieve congestion along the state’s shoreline without having to take huge swaths of private property by eminent domain, a game-changer for breaking gridlock in Fairfield County, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday.
Hartford Courant » The state could bring in as much as $750 million a year in toll revenue using congestion pricing, according to Transportation Commissioner James Redeker. But he warned a state commission last month that it would involve “tolling every interstate and limited access [highway] and some other state roads.”
Hartford Courant » Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to announce his support for electronic highway tolls and an increase in the gasoline tax to pay for road projects as he unveils his transportation plan Wednesday, officials said. The proposal calls for an increase in the state’s gasoline tax by 7 cents per gallon, phased in over four years, according to sources who have been briefed on the plan.
WFSB » State transportation officials addressed the idea of re-adding toll booths to Connecticut highways. State lawmakers remain divided on the prospect because many see it as another tax. Supporters, however, see it as a necessity, especially after Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that the state’s transportation fund is dangerously close to running out of money.