Lamont Readies a Transportation Reboot

Lamont, a Democratic governor who took office in January, stumbled badly in his first attempt to increase funding for Connecticut’s aging and inadequate transportation infrastructure. He now hopes to coax legislators back to Hartford this fall to consider the product of his administration’s summer labors: “CT 2030,” a work-in-progress focused on projects that can reduce commuting times and spark economic growth.

On June 27, Drajewicz and Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti met at the State Capitol with a team of five transportation construction and financing experts from McKinsey & Co. One was Tony Shorris, the former first deputy mayor of New York City and current member of the Regional Plan Association, a group Lamont addressed in April.

Shorris has become a sounding board.

“Tony’s kind of lived some of these battles before in the city of New York and has a strategic sense,” Drajewicz said. You know you might zig there when you’re thinking of zagging, that sort of thing.”

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