Leaders to Speak on Connecticut's Transportation Financing Challenges

 

Norwalk Rail Bridge. Flickr: Peter RiveraOver the past several years, Connecticut has bolstered investment in its intercity rail program with new service planned linking Hartford and New Haven and has approved funding to construct the state's first bus rapid transit system.

But Connecticut has significant repair costs ahead and future federal funding is uncertain. A significant gap exists to pay for maintenance projects and for improvements in transit and highway capacity. The state hasn't identified new sources of revenue to pay for these projects or prioritized these unfunded projects in a strategic plan.

Emil Frankel, director of transportation at the Bipartisan Policy Center, will keynote a forum in Hartford on January 20 exploring the state's transportation financing challenges.

 

Speakers at the forum will be asked how the state can prioritize its transportation investments and develop the funding and financing mechanisms to maintain and expand our transportation system. In addition to Mr. Frankel's keynote, the forum will include remarks by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and DOT Commissioner James Redeker and a discussion panel featuring Senators Gary LeBeau, Andrew Maynard and Toni Boucher; Representatives Kim Fawcett and David Scribner; and Don Shubert of Keep Connecticut Moving.

The Forum- Connecticut's Transportation Future: Building a Link Between Needs and Resources- will be held at the old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol on January 20th from 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Please RSVP by January 18, 2012 to Valerie Wormely-Radford at 203-787-0646 or [email protected].

UPDATE: The forum can be viewed online at CTN.

Sponsored by Regional Plan Association, Capitol Region Council of Governments, Connecticut Association for Community Transportation, Connecticut Fund for the Environment, O'Neill Endowed Chair at Central Connecticut State University - Legislative Policy Program, Transit for Connecticut and Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Supporters include Connecticut Citizens' Transportation Lobby, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Keep CT Moving and League of Women Voters of Connecticut.