State Will Spend More On Highways; Big Projects To Begin In Waterbury, Middletown, Along Shoreline

The elimination of some federal aid for transit funding means Connecticut will be spending more on highways and less on trains and buses, according to a draft of a transportation department four-year plan. On the mass transit side, no new systems are in the works, but more than $1 billion is planned for upgrading Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line tracks, installing costly crash-prevention systems on Metro-North trains, and replacing part of the CT Transit bus fleet. The 2015-18 plan totaled roughly $4 billion, directing 54 percent to transit and 46 percent to highways. The proposed 2018-21 version calls for $4.5 billion, with 79 percent going to highways and 21 percent to transit.

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