Welch for State Senate Addresses Regional Transportation
BRISTOL, CT – Welch for State Senate released the following statement on commuter rail in central Connecticut:
The old Yankee saying is that “you can’t get there from here,” and that saying is especially true for those of us living in Bristol. A congested route 6, a half constructed route 72 and no major thoroughfare through the city are serious impediments to bringing jobs back to the region. This is why we need to fight to bring commuter rail back to Bristol. Providing effective and efficient transportation is one of government’s legitimate purposes, but that purpose has been neglected in Bristol for the past 18 years.
The reality is that Connecticut is the fourth most densely populated state. We need, therefore, a transportation infrastructure that can sensibly support such a dense population. The best solution is the return of commuter rail to the 31st District: rail to Hartford and rail to New York City. Commuter rail will make the district more attractive to new residents, boost home values, help keep critical businesses such as ESPN in the area and provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to start and locate businesses here. All of this means more jobs in greater Bristol.
Though a busway from New Britain to Hartford might be a good fix to some of central Connecticut’s transportation problems, it is not the best. And government ought not to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on anything less than the best.
My voice is another voice for commuter rail. It is the common sense solution to our transportation problems. Commuter rail will serve more people and cost less than the New Britain-Hartford busway. It will also alleviate one of the major impediments to bringing jobs back to Bristol, namely a lack of efficient transportation to and from the area.
We must do everything we can to support rail. Jason will attend today’s press conference in Room 1A of the Legislative Office Building at 11:30.
Jason Welch seeks to be the Republican nominee to the State Senate race for the 31st District, which includes Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth and parts of Harwinton.
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