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Invest in rail freight, reduce the number of trucks on the highways

How would you like a plan to remove thousands of trucks from Connecticut highways, clean up the air and create new jobs? Who wouldn’t?  It’s a win-win-win plan that you’d expect Gov. Ned Lamont to embrace, especially in this time of the Transportation Climate Initiative. The solution?  Invest in our state’s freight railroads.

Posted inCT Viewpoints, Talking Transportation

Lamont’s transportation budget doesn’t add up

The governor’s proposed biennial budget for transportation just doesn’t add up. Thanks to reduced rail ridership he’s projecting cost savings in the CDOT budget of $82 million over the next two years but promises no further cuts in service beyond those already taken during the pandemic.  But how does that jibe with Metro-North parent MTA’s projected $8 billion operating deficit through 2024?

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How the pandemic has upset the ‘Just In Time’ supply chain

Notice anything missing on your store shelves?  Maybe paper products or your favorite canned soup?  Given that the pandemic has been raging for over nine months, why aren’t the shelves full again?  Why isn’t the stuff we want “getting there?” Well one of the reasons is because a Japanese engineer visited an American supermarket in the 1950s and noticed something he thought was wrong… and we’re still paying for his astute observations.