Reducing Congestion

March 6, 2015

Hartford, CT – Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), the ranking member of the state legislature’s Transportation Committee, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s push to widen state highways in order to reduce congestion.

“I believe our top priority is to modernize Connecticut’s mass transit system to ensure safety and reliability. Improvements in all forms of transportation services will ease highway traffic and promote ridership.

“There are many immediate needs to easing the punishing congestion on all major roadways state wide. Widening these roads at chronic areas of high volume and delays is a more cost-effective and improves the quality of life for everyone.

“Adding highway lanes would come at a huge cost to taxpayers, result in significant damage to our environment, and create major issues involving the taking of land.

“Let’s fix what needs fixing. If elected leaders set the right priorities, we can repair, replace and improve our transportation network and move commerce and people for the good of our state.”