Some Question Busway’s ‘Environmental’ Value

Sep 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Busway, Transportation

Sen. Joseph Markley, R-Southington, questioned the environmental soundness of a $569 million, 9.4 mile rapid transit bus route project from New Britain to Hartford Wednesday night at a public hearing he requested regarding the plan’s inland wetlands permit.

Markley has been an outspoken critic of the project, for which $89 million has already been bonded by the state to start the project. In an effort to halt the construction, he filed a petition with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to call a public hearing on an inland wetland permit from the agency necessary to begin work.

Read more here: CT News Junkie | Markley: Busway Doesn’t Make Environmental Sense.

Gov. Dannel Malloy’s notoriously expensive busway proposition — on completion, the rapid-transit project from New Britain to Hartford spanning 9.4 miles will cost more than $573 million, has engaged the interest of a few penny-pinching legislators, among them state Sen. Joe Markley and Rep. Whit Bette, both of whom have co-signed a letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner urging Mr. Boehner to reject $460 million in federal funding for Malloy’s folly.

Read more here: Don Pesci: The no-way busway | Contributors | | The Providence Journal.


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