Suggestions to implement congestion pricing on I-84 in Hartford won’t cure traffic woes

Jul 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Transportation

traffic-emissions-carsGetting our highways into 21st-century shape is critical for Connecticut’s economy but does not mean we should ignore upgrades to our mass transit systems. Transit is extremely expensive. Thankfully, the Metro North Railroad generates the highest percentage of fare box revenue of any transit program in this country. It needs to be supported and expanded. But such funding must be focused to generate the best returns. Little-used extensions such as Shoreline East suck money out of the Special Transportation Fund at an outrageous rate. A round trip from Old Saybrook to New Haven costs a rider $12 $6 for seniors yet the Special Transportation Fund subsidy for that ride is $84. This is outrageous, lopsided and unsustainable.

Clearly, the time has long since arrived to improve our highways and transit systems. The key will be spending the money in a way that best serves all drivers and riders.

Michael J. Riley is president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, a trade association representing more than 800 companies that operate trucks in the state.

For more on this story, visit: Suggestions to implement congestion pricing on I-84 in Hartford won’t cure traffic woes – Hartford Courant.

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