Markley/Betts Statement on Busway Permit

January 31, 2012

The state has issued a draft decision to approve the New Britain to Hartford busway environmental permit. In response, Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) and Representative Whit Betts (R-Bristol) issued the following joint statement:

“Gov. Malloy has put his busway boondoggle project on the fast track, so it is not surprising that one of his own agencies has approved this permit. The last environmental impact study on the busway was conducted a decade ago, so we had asked the Malloy administration to deny the permit and request a new environmental impact study. We heard from many people in Newington, West Hartford and throughout central Connecticut who expressed their concerns and felt they were being ignored. We still want to make sure the environment will not be negatively impacted by this project, and members of the Sierra Club agree with us. We are now weighing our options on whether to appeal the decision.”

Ultimately, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner, who is appointed by the governor, will have the final say. Appeals have to be filed within 14 days.

In response to the strong opposition from so many people to this project, Markley and Betts are pledging to continue their fight on behalf of the taxpayer. They will be proposing legislation this upcoming session that would transfer any busway funds to repair crumbling roads and bridges around the state.