Today’s New Haven Register focused on a recent federal report that saw ferries as a way to relieve traffic gridlock. A transportation bill approved by Congress appropriated $5 million for a ferry to be built in New Haven, located at the junction of I-91 and I-95. Funding was also appropriated for Stamford and Bridgeport.
The Mayor has been stressing the importance of road alternatives, ferries, rail and barges as a way to fix our infrastructure. This is particularly evident in a state like Connecticut, where our traffic problems lead to economic stagnation. Though ferries won’t solve all our problems, they are a part of a larger vision that leadership must adopt in order to ease the frustration felt on our highways each day. This expansion is a vital sign that even those in Washington have recognized our problems. If we could only get Governor Rell to do the same, we wouldn’t be only spending a sparse $1.3 billion over 10 years on what might be one of the most important problems we face.