Governor’s Transportation Funding is Laughable

June 1, 2015

Steals Money from Special Transportation Fund,
Leaves Majority of Governor’s Plan Unfunded

Hartford, CT – Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton) Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven) released the following joint statement today re: Governor Dannel Malloy and Majority Party’s budget deal that claims to make “historic investments in transportation… people will see improvements in their transportation like they’ve never seen before.”

“The Governor seems to be forgetting the promises he made to the people of Connecticut. Today, he released a budget statement that said:

“The bottom line is clear. This budget makes historic investments in transportation. If there’s one issue people should focus on, it’s that with this budget – which keeps the sales tax flat and couples it with property tax relief – people will see improvements in their transportation like they’ve never seen before.”

“Meanwhile, the Office of Fiscal Analysis has reported that the governor’s plan actually UNDER funds the special transportation fund in fiscal year 2016 to the tune of $32.4 million.

“We agree with the governor, Connecticut does lose billions of dollars annually in economic output as a result of our aging infrastructure. Which is why we find it puzzling that given the long list of issues surrounding our roads and bridges, and rail that the proposed budget this governor and majority party are sweeping money once again from the special transportation fund. What happened to the lock box?

“From this day forward, when commuters sit in traffic on I-95, or get stuck on Metro North they should thank their Governor and the majority party for the pain and suffering. The governor’s plan fails to show a serious, realistic commitment to transportation. And, it still leaves one major question: how does the governor plan to pay for his pie-in-the-sky $100 billion plan? Underfunding transportation next year certainly is not a good start.”

Background on the bad shape of our Transportation infrastructure according to the office of Governor Dannel Malloy:

ROADS AND BRIDGES

  • In Connecticut, there are 3,734 route miles – or 9,834 lane miles – of state roadways.
  • Roughly 35% were built before 1950, with 44% built between 1950 and 1980, and just 21% build since 1980.
  • 47% of state roadways are in less than good or excellent condition.
  • If current funding remains constant, 30 years from now 71% of our roads would be in less than “good” or “excellent” condition.
  • Of the 4,006 bridges and structures maintained by the state, 334 are in “poor” condition. Nearly a third of state maintained bridges were built prior to 1950, and just 21% were built since 1980. A majority of existing bridges were built with a 50-year structural design life, while those built today have a 75-year structural design life.

RAIL BRIDGES

  • Even though Connecticut has 203 total New Haven Line Bridges – 198 fixed and five moveable rail bridges – investment in maintenance has been spotty.
  • Over 75% of our rail bridges were built prior to 1940, and 78% are in “fair” or “poor” condition.

TRAFFIC

  • The 652 miles of Interstate and limited access highways in Connecticut comprise only 3% of all road miles, but carry 50% of all traffic.
  • Over the course of the year, the average person spends the equivalent of a full work week – 40 hours – in traffic. Congestion artificially costs businesses over $1.6 billion in lost time and wasted fuel.
  • Deficient roads and bridges cost residents and businesses overall billions of dollars of lost economic output.

To learn more about the Republican no tax increase transportation funding package please visit www.ctsenrepublic.wpengine.com Prioritize Progress.