Connecticut Governor, Ned Lamont, has unveiled its USD 21 billion transport strategy for 2030, which will see a USD 7 billion investment in public transit system, transforming the entire state’s transport system.
Under the CT2030, the governor plans a USD 6.2 billion investment across all of the state’s rail lines and rolling stock fleet. Over the course of the ten-year programme, new state-of-the-art rail cars and locomotives will be added, express service to New York Penn Station will be introduced, and partnerships with telecommunications companies will bring reliable, high-speed data service to trains.
Improved commuting times, more frequent reliable service, and more efficient options will be provided by implementing the selected railway projects.
On the Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line, running from New Haven, Connecticut, southwest to Mount Vernon, in New York, roundtrip commuters will save at least 20 minutes per day between New Haven and the New York border by 2023, with even more time savings by 2030. If all projects are funded and completed, trip times from New Haven to Grand Central will be reduced to one hour and 20 minutes, allowing commuters to get to work and arrive home much faster.
The plans will also take into account a double-track Hartford Line expansion and new stations, adding capacity, and increasing access to the Hartford Line.
Real-time passenger information system upgrades, as well as new digital fare collection system will be included in the new strategy.
Connecticut’s buses carry as many passengers each year as its railways. CT2030 invests in better signage and real-time bus information and upgrades the most popular routes with additional shelters and service displays.
The CT2030 will see a USD 14 billion investment in the state’s roads and bridges, as well as on airports and ports.