Governor Dannel Malloy says that widening a section of Interstate 84 in Danbury is critical for economic growth in the western part of the state.
Still no word from Malloy on how he plans to pay for massive transportation infrastructure improvements that he's proposing. During a stop yesterday at the I-84 rest area off exit 2, Malloy said he wants to widen a five mile stretch the highway to three lanes from exit 3 to 8 in Danbury. He spoke generally saying tolls and taxes aren't the only way to pay for two generations of neglect.
(DOT Commissioner James Redecker, Governor Dannel Malloy)
Malloy has proposed increasing bus service in the region with a more modern service. He also wants to make improvements to the Danbury branch of Metro North with an expansion to New Milford.
While there's been no official talk of bringing tolls back to Connecticut, it's been on many people's minds. Malloy was asked how he responds to criticism that border tolls are an unfair regional tax. He says that's a fair complaint.
Malloy also responded to questions about Transportation Committee chair Representative Antonio Guerrera, of not wanting tolls in his district but at the state's gateways. He says tolls are a tax on people who use the highway, and he understands the goal of capturing 26 percent of the traffic that comes from out of state.
Malloy says paying for any improvements is a discussion still to be had, and for now he is focused on a comprehensive report on what improvements are needed.