Senator Kissel Commends Governor Rell for New Transportation Initiative

January 25, 2006

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) today commended Governor M. Jodi Rell for her recently proposed transportation initiative aimed at improving a variety of train and bus services throughout the state. The proposal includes two major projects in Senator Kissel’s district, a new train station in Enfield on the New Haven-Hartford Springfield line as well as a new bus service from the Windsor Locks rail station to Bradley International Airport.

“I would like to commend Governor Rell for her continued strong commitment to addressing the transportation issues that have impacted our state for years. Governor Rell showed strong initiative last year and was able to get bi-partisan support on a bill that made sweeping improvements to our rail lines and highways,” said Senator Kissel, who represents seven towns in North Central Connecticut. “Now the Governor is building on last year’s accomplishment with another major initiative that will hopefully reduce congestion on our highways and improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.”

Enfield is one of three towns that will benefit from a new train station, and it joins eight other
communities already on the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line. The bus service in Windsor Locks will allow travelers without automobiles easier access to Bradley International Airport.

“Hundreds of residents in my district who currently commute to their jobs in Hartford, Springfield, or New Haven by automobile have to brave what is often heavy traffic on I-91. This new rail stop will give them a convenient additional option for their daily commute. The people of Enfield have been very supportive of the idea of locating a railroad station in town. Not only can this railroad station afford people much needed access to rail service, but can help to continue to revitalize the Thompsonville section of town,” added Senator Kissel. “Further, the new bus service to Bradley will certainly be of great benefit to travelers who wish to avoid parking at the airport.”

Senator Kissel is a Deputy Minority Leader and the Ranking Senator on the Judiciary Committee. He is in his seventh term representing the seventh district which consists of East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.