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A key to revitalizing Connecticut’s economy is to have a 21st-century transportation system that connects us to major markets and to one another. We need to be able to move people and goods as fast as in other states to attract jobs and improve our quality of life.

From riding the Hartford Line between New Haven and our capital city on its opening weekend to discussing commutes with CT Transit riders and visiting Tweed Airport, I know we can overcome our infrastructure challenges and achieve faster, more reliable, better connected air, train and bus service and safer, less congested roads. Better connected cities and towns will create jobs and grow our economy because employers will be better able to hire and retain our talented workforce.

But we can’t have a 21st century economy with a deficient 20th century transportation system: we must repair and modernize our infrastructure to improve and repair roads and services that employers and employees count on to get to work on time and move goods throughout the state. Moving Connecticut forward and growing our economy depends on strong cities and vibrant towns, and this cannot happen without sustainable investments inbetter infrastructure that reliably connect Connecticut’s communities to each other, the region and the world.

The challenges before us are great. The situation today is that:

  • Nearly 4 out of 5 miles on Connecticut’s major roads are in either poor or mediocre condition.
     
  • Connecticut motorists lose a total of $6.1 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs, congestion-related delays and traffic crashes by driving on deficient roads.
     
  • Traffic congestion in the state’s largest urban areas is worsening, causing as much as 49 annual hours of delay for some motorists and costs Connecticut motorists a total of $2.4 billion each year in lost time and wasted fuel.
     
  • Every $1 of deferred maintenance on roads and bridges has been found to cost an additional $4 or $5 on future repairs, and the state just suspended projects worth $4.3 billion over the next five years because of inadequate funding.

It’s time to take on these problems head on and we’ve got the solutions ready to make a difference. As Governor, I will focus on the areas below.

Proposing these changes gets us nowhere unless we have a reliable source of revenue to keep the Special Transportation Fund solvent, and dedicate the Special Transportation Fund (STF) to infrastructure repair and development alone. I will not accept any budget that takes from the STF to pay for non-infrastructure related projects, and I strongly support the transportation lockbox amendment.

I have been disappointed by the many Republican candidates for governor in this race, who in their zeal to emulate Donald Trump at every turn have proposed a variety of pie-in-the-sky tax cuts but have been cryptically silent on how they would pay for infrastructure investments. 

I know that improvements to roads, bridges, trains, airports, public transit, and broadband will help catalyze our state’s economic growth, so I recognize that the people of our state cannot not afford to make these investments. That is why I support electronic tolling on heavy trucksthat are coming in from out of state, which useour roads tollfree and createsignificant wear-and-tear. So next time you hear a Republican candidate promise tax cuts and new infrastructure spending, make sure you ask: where’s the money?

Connecticut Values

Ned is running for Governor because we need to change Connecticut’s direction before we fall too far behind. 

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