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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Advocates to Candidates: Fund CT Transportation Needs

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Transportation advocates today challenged Connecticut gubernatorial candidates to support increased funding to overhaul the state’s aging infrastructure – even if it likely means tax increases or tolls.

The coalition of nearly three dozen—including construction trades and businesses, seven chambers of commerce, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, and numerous regional planning agencies -– also challenged the candidates to participate this fall in a debate on transportation issues.

“Connecticut’s next governor has two choices: provide safe and efficient transportation, or allow our infrastructure to crumble,” Don Shubert, president of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, said during a late morning press conference at Union Station in Hartford.

“Maintaining the aging system of roads, bridges and rail lines in a state of good repair is critical for the safety and reliability of the system that the vast majority of the traveling public are using every day.”

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