The recent electrical failure in New York crippled Metro-North's New Haven Line- part of the busiest commuter rail corridor in the nation. Calling the failure a "catastrophic event," Governor Malloy wants upgrades to the Metro North rail line so that it is never again reliant on just one power line.
But the stop-gap measures implemented during the failure accommodated little more than half of the usual number of rail commuters, forcing many more people onto our already congested highways. As a result, we anticipate calls for highway expansion- more lanes, double-decker interstates.
That's why the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) is working to urge Governor Malloy to invest more resources into Connecticut's public transit systems.
Will you join CTLCV in sending a message to the governor? Tell him Connecticut needs a more robust public transit system, not more cars polluting our air >>
The high-voltage line that failed had been in service six years beyond its expected 30-year lifespan. Connecticut also has aging and out-of-date rail infrastructure, including four moveable railroad bridges along the Metro-North line, that need to be replaced.
Senator Blumenthal got it right when he discussed the failure, saying: "We must invest in robust, redundant systems to ensure that our rail system runs on time, all the time. Service disruptions like the one this morning will be increasingly frequent and severe if the nation fails to make necessary investments. Such delays and disruptions cannot be allowed to become the new normal."
But if we want to see meaningful improvements to the state's public transit system, we need to make sure the Governor knows that there is strong support for doing so.
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Metro-North's New Haven Line normally serves 125,000 riders each day. This latest commuter rail crisis presents an opportunity to build strong public support for an improved and expanded public transit system in Connecticut. Tell the Governor you are depending on his leadership to get the job done.