Imagine being able to take a commuter train from Waterbury to Manhattan’s Penn Station and being able to work on your computer via WiFi the entire way. That’s just one of the results of the transportation improvement plan being floated by Democratic candidate for governor Ned Lamont.
Lamont gets it right when he proposes improving commuter rail services instead of expanding highways or the proposed busway between New Britain and Hartford. One of the most important pieces of the puzzle though, is missing. How will he pay for it? The Shad remembers constant talk of bringing Metro North trains down to Penn Station in addition to Grand Central Station in Manhattan during the years I worked there. And while Lamont says his plan can be done “without breaking the bank,” cost was always be the problem because Metro North Commuter Trains cannot fit in existing subway lines. Lamont, in any event, is on the right track.