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Foley and Malloy present different transportation visions for Conn.

Ebong Udoma

Tom Foley, the Republican running for governor in Connecticut, is criticizing incumbent governor Dannel Malloy for spending money on mass transit instead of roads and highways. Foley and Malloy spoke about their transportation agendas at a candidate forum in North Haven on Monday.

Speaking to reporters after the forum, Foley gave the example of the New Britain to Hartford Busway known as CTfastrack. It’s a project estimated to cost $570 million when completed next spring. Two-thirds of the money came from the federal government. If he becomes governor, he might discontinue the service, Foley said.

“We’ll keep it going and see if it pays for itself. But if after that it isn’t paying for itself that’s a challenge. I don’t know that we should be subsidizing the operation of that route if it doesn’t have sufficient ridership,” said Foley.

“What the heck is he talking about?” Malloy asked, when he spoke to reporters.

“Does he realize how many people take buses in and out of Hartford, just in one company Travelers? It’s one of the most bused companies in the country. And it’s a high end company. I think he has this idea that all transit is for people other than his class,” Malloy said.

Improving mass transit would help decongest the state’s highways, he said. That’s why he’s pushing to have the New Haven line run more like a subway with commuter trains every 30 minutes, Malloy said.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.
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