Today the state Bond Commission meets to dole out some borrowed cash for various projects. Among them is the controversial New Haven to Hartford busway. The $90 million in bonds will allow the state to begin construction on along unused rail lines through New Britain, Newington, West Hartford and Hartford. Gov. Dan Malloy says the project is an “investment in the revitalization of Connecticut’s infrastructure, create or maintain thousands of construction-related jobs, and enhance future economic growth in the state.”
The opinion here is that it will create jobs by its mere construction but it also could turn into an underused, overpriced national embarrassment for Connecticut. It’s just not credible to say people are going to get out of their cars and get on the bus to ride the 9.7-mile, $567 million busway. The corridor would be better used by a high-speed, commuter rail system. Proponents say the state would lose the 80-percent federal funding for the project if it wasn’t green-lighted and that the busway would create jobs immediately and stimulate the economy. Connecticut has already spent more than $23 million on design and acquiring property.
Gov. Malloy plans a news availability after the Bond Commission meeting.