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January 19, 2018

Applause for Tolls From Audience of Construction Workers

by Christine Stuart | January 19, 2018 1:25pm

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SOUTHINGTON, CT — In alphabetical order, a majority of Democratic and one unaffiliated candidates for governor endorsed the idea of installing electronic tolls on Connecticut’s highways and received applause for it.

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January 15, 2018

Rough First 2 Weeks For State’s New, $140M Medicaid Transportation Vendor

by Christine Stuart | January 15, 2018 5:29am

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(UPDATED Monday, 1:15 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — Michelle Chase uses the state’s non-emergency medical transportation service to get her developmentally disabled 3-year-old to her doctor appointments. But since Jan. 1, she’s had to wait two or three hours for the state’s new transportation contractor, Veyo, to arrange her rides.

She’s not the only one.

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December 19, 2017

Malloy Looks To Commission To Help Preserve His Legacy, Jump Start Legislature

by Christine Stuart | December 19, 2017 5:29am

Christine Stuart  / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is hoping a 14-member group of business leaders can help him convince the legislature to make some tough, but necessary progress in his final year in office.

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December 15, 2017

Few Transportation Solutions Offered At Transportation Forum

by Christine Stuart | December 15, 2017 2:00pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie SOUTHINGTON, CT — It was billed as a transportation forum for Republican gubernatorial hopefuls, but very few addressed the issue during the 10 minutes they were allotted to address more than 300 members of the Connecticut Construction Industries Association.

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December 8, 2017

OP-ED | I Hope You Didn’t Have Anywhere to Be in 2019

by Susan Bigelow | December 8, 2017 10:00am

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is warning us that without quick intervention, Connecticut’s Special Transportation Fund will be underwater by 2019. There’s no quick fix, no easy solution, and no way out that isn’t going to be painful. All aboard!

One of the unpopular opinions I hold is that I genuinely like and respect Dan Malloy. I don’t agree with him on everything, and sometimes he makes me want to tear my hair out. That said, he’s smart about policy and he’s always understood that transportation is absolutely vital to what’s left of Connecticut’s economy. In fact, the two achievements of his time in office that could potentially endure longer than anything else he’s done are both transportation related: CTFastrak, the bus rapid transit corridor from Hartford to New Britain that is helping to reshape the region, and the Hartford Line commuter rail opening next year.

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December 7, 2017

Malloy Defends Transportation Policy While Calling For Solution To Looming Insolvency

by Christine Stuart | December 7, 2017 3:41pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday that the state is at a fork in the road when it comes to funding transportation projects and it will have to decide soon what projects it wants to fund, what fares it wants to raise, and what services it wants to provide.

“The state’s Special Transportation Fund can no longer support normal operation or planned levels of capital investment,” Malloy said. “We are at a fork in the road. We can either raise fares, cut services, cancel important projects in towns and cities across Connecticut or we can embark on a serious conversation about how we plan to support and grow the Special Transportation Fund in the years to come.”

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November 20, 2017

More Americans, New Englanders Say They’re Traveling For Thanksgiving

by Christine Stuart | November 20, 2017 12:42pm

doug hardy / ctnewsjunkie compilation via shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — An estimated 3.3 percent more Americans will be hitting the road this year for Thanksgiving than last year, according to AAA’s Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast. AAA expects the 2017 holiday weekend to see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005, with 2.25 million New Englanders set to get away — an increase of 3.5 percent over last year.

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November 9, 2017

As Police Departments Are Identified For Traffic Stop Disparities, Chiefs Push Back

by Christine Stuart | November 9, 2017 2:28pm

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association is pushing back with its own academic research against the third annual report to the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Advisory Board.

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October 19, 2017

OP-ED | City Impossible: The Weird, Wonderful World of the Amazon HQ2 Proposal

by Susan Bigelow | October 19, 2017 4:52pm

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Imagine a striking city of skyscrapers, greenery, pedestrian-filled bridges over a glistening river, buried highways, and a riverside ferris wheel, all contained within a “cohesive ecosystem” of nearby towns. This is the remarkable, radical revisioning of Hartford dreamed up by the creators of Connecticut’s longshot bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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September 18, 2017

Connecticut Drivers Facing Spike in Gas Prices As Texas Refineries Struggle to Recover From Harvey

by Cara Rosner | September 18, 2017 10:00am

After a sudden jump following Hurricane Harvey, gas prices have leveled off — but they still remain more than 10 percent higher than they were a month ago.

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