For Malloy and transportation, the campaign never ends

Dannel P. Malloy promoted improvements to Metro North two weeks ago in New Haven. Last week, he delivered an I-84 widening update at a construction site in Waterbury. On Tuesday, he visited a CTfastrak station in Hartford to mark the system’s four millionth passenger trip. Even as the state struggles to find the revenue to match the governor’s ambitions, Malloy continues to promote transportation, celebrating small improvements and milestones in a state with nation’s busiest commuter rail line, an aging and underfunded highway infrastructure and a new bus-rapid transit system he says is quickly proving itself. “I talk about transportation on an ongoing, almost daily basis, because if we don’t get it right Connecticut is not going to grow its economy,” said Malloy, now approaching the midpoint in his second and most likely final four-year term as governor. CTfastrak, as the Connecticut Department of Transportation branded the bus-rapid transit service that opened March 28, 2015, has been a favorite child of Malloy’s, an offspring whose every milestone is to be marked. It was a risky project Malloy approved in his first months in office, denigrated on talk radio as the “busway to nowhere.”

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