This November, voters will have an opportunity to ensure that Connecticut has the resources needed to modernize our transportation system. Voting “Yes” on the Transportation Revenue Lockbox Amendment will protect funding for repairing our state’s roads and bridges while expanding access to public transit. Those investments will help reduce the traffic congestion that costs commuters time and money and chokes our cities with harmful pollution.
On a long-ago day hike up to the Appalachian Trail in northwestern Connecticut, we made the lunchtime discovery that my son’s small backpack was heavier than expected. An inquiry revealed fist-sized rocks that he had picked up at the trailhead that morning. We persuaded him to leave the heavy burdens beside the trail before climbing to the top of Bear Mountain. As Connecticut embarks on a challenging journey to achieve our state’s climate goals, we need to be careful not to fill our packs with “pollution-heavy” infrastructure that we will have to discard in the near future – no matter how shiny and colorful those stones may look today.