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Push to strengthen infrastructure could lead to more Connecticut construction jobs

Posted on April 28, 2015

A new big initiative to clean up or create stronger infrastructure called forth by the governor could lead to more Connecticut construction jobs.

Ridership on the New Haven commuter rail line reached record highs in 2014, with 39.6 million passenger trips – a 1.6 percent increase over 2013 – according to numbers released today by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

The data demonstrates the state’s need to focus on a continued commitment to its transportation system, including rail.

“With record high ridership, commuters in Connecticut are increasingly choosing to use public transportation, demonstrating that a modern and efficient transportation network is one of the key components of a competitive economic climate,” Governor Malloy said. “The data only further emphasizes the reasons why we need to continue our efforts to improve infrastructure and operations so that we can provide residents with the best-in-class service they need to commute in their daily lives and reinvigorate communities.”

Proposals include funding to finish design and construction for train stations up and down the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Line and double-tracking the entire rail line to bring commuter rail service to that section of the state; building new stations in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Orange on the New Haven Line; and completing a new parking garage at the station in New Haven.

He has also proposed funds to upgrade and repair bridges on the New Haven Line, in addition to completing a build-out of a new signal system on the Waterbury Branch that will allow for increased ridership and more frequent service, helping communities throughout Naugatuck Valley revitalize their downtowns.

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