May 7, 2010

Busway blasted by Scully

One of the movers and shakers in Connecticut politics, Patrick Scully, lashed out at the proposed $573 million busway between Hartford and New Britain the other day. He had this to say on Hanging Shad blog:

At what point are we all going to wise up and ditch this idea for a New Britain-to-Hartford busway in favor of developing passenger rail? The $570 million busway project has divided politicians, business leaders and opinion shapers in remarkable ways.
Yes, we’ve already spent millions on the busway and it’s expected that a federal grant of $220 million for the project will come through soon but neither is a reason to keep after building a roadway we will be stuck with forever and most importantly, nobody will ride.
This is purely observational, anecdotal and without scientific backing, but as far as The Shad is concerned, no one rides a bus unless they have no other choice. A train is a different story. People will get out of their cars and onto a train, taking traffic off I-84—the main reason for mass transportation. Pursuing the busway is the epitome of throwing good money after bad.
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out of sight said...

not sure if I agree with this guy or not but never heard of him before, what rock was he hidden under, part of the nicastro archeological dig?

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

He's right!

This is as big a boondoggle as the famous "Bridge to Nowhere" that almost got built in Alaska at a cost greater than purchasing every resident on the affected island their own LearJet.

For the kind of money proposed to monkey around with buses, let's just give everyone a SmartCar and be done with it.

Anonymous said...

I don't know him, but I'm getting to like him!

Anonymous said...

Hey, "Authentic Conn. Republican", Sara did build a “Road to Nowhere”, same difference as a “Bridge to Nowhere” in my book!

People don't ride the train to work in CT, they ride the bus and they want to continue to ride the bus to get to work. Get on one yourself someday and see how many people ride the bus to work. Or are you too proud to ride the bus?

AnonymousWestconnStudent said...
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Anonymous said...

10:36: You made the point without knowing it:THERE ARE NO TRAINS TO RIDE!!