Analysis of Connecticut Transportation Spending Shows More Balanced Priorities
An analysis of Connecticut's 2010 to 2013 transportation plan reveals that the agency is spending more on road and bridge repair, public transportation, and cycling and walking projects.
Tracking the Dollars: A Review of Projected Transportation Spending in Connecticut, 2010-2013, is based on an exhaustive analysis of the 2010-2013 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and comparison to previous transportation plans. The analysis was conducted by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a regional policy watchdog organization and frequent critic of ConnDOT.
"The analysis proves that the Connecticut Department of Transportation has begun to shift dramatically towards sustainable, 21st century transportation policies," said Kate Slevin, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. "For the first time since 2002 ConnDOT is spending more on maintenance and repair of its existing road and bridge infrastructure than it is spending on highway expansion projects.
In the past, TSTC has criticized ConnDOT for building expensive new highway projects at the expense of existing roads and bridges and other transportation options. Connecticut has some of the worst roads in the nation, with more than 75 percent of Connecticut's roadway lane miles in "less than good" condition and over 33 percent of the state's bridges ranked as deficient.
TSTC predicted that the recent shift in funding priorities toward more maintenance and repair would start to improve road and bridge conditions.
The report also finds that Connecticut is spending more on transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects.
"Commissioner Marie has helped ConnDOT become a more multi-modal agency at a time when Connecticut needs it most," said Ryan Lynch, Connecticut coordinator and senior planner for the Campaign. "Now is a good time to ensure our investments are the right ones, ones that are good for our economy, the planet, and the quality of life of the people of Connecticut."
Specifically, the report finds:
TSTC urged ConnDOT to continue to build upon its gains with the following recommendations:
The full report is available at the Campaign's website at www.tstc.org.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a policy watchdog organization working to reverse deepening automobile dependence in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut region.