Transportation: In Depth
America’s deteriorating transportation networks are a roadblock to commerce. Improvements to this sector are an essential investment in our country’s future and an effective way to create jobs and boost the economy. Residents of Connecticut don’t need to spend much time on I-95, Merritt Parkway, Metro North or Amtrak to understand the severity of the challenges we face locally. We must reduce traffic congestion on our roads and highways, make rail transit more accessible, expand use of alternative modes of transportation, and ease the transportation burden of our district’s residents and commuters. I will continue to seek opportunities to bring money and resources into Connecticut’s fourth district to tackle these issues and improve our infrastructure.
Investing in Connecticut:
During my time in office, we have brought millions of federal dollars for transportation improvements into the state. These include, but are not limited to:
$161 million to replace the Walk Bridge in Norwalk – a swing bridge built in 1896 that carries Amtrak and Metro-North trains over the Norwalk River. Malfunctions of this bridge have caused delays on the rail corridor in recent years;
$70 million for safety improvements, resurfacing, enhancements, and bridge improvements to the Merritt Parkway
$11 million for infrastructure improvements at the Steel Point project in Bridgeport that has enabled hundreds of jobs;
$30 million for upgrades to Metro North’s Danbury Branch line, enhancing safety, shortening commute times, and improving frequency of service;
I have also been pleased to see hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal investments for street and sidewalk improvements throughout the district, and improvements to central transportation hubs in the district including $2 million towards facility enhancements at the Stamford Urban Transitway, the centerpiece of Stamford’s effort to connect the Stamford Transportation Center with its Amtrak, regional rail, and commuter bus facilities.
Long-Term Highway funding:
Connecticut receives more than $50 million each month from the Highway Trust Fund, and federal funds account for around 70% of the funding for state transportation projects. In December 2015, I voted in favor of a bill to reauthorize the Highway Trust Fund and other transportation accounts through 2020. I will continue to advocate for a sustainable, long-term solution to ensure that the Highway Trust Fund is adequately funded.