A Holiday Gift For Commuters!

Posted on December 15, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

We all enjoy receiving holiday gifts, don’t we?

Connecticut commuters, in particular, have been blessed with an eagerly anticipated gift this holiday season. After years of planning, financing, and building activities, the State Department of Transportation finally opened the new Fairfield Metro train station on the New Haven line last week!

Although the total cost of the project was several million dollars over budget, the station is nevertheless expected to ease overcrowding at other stations and attract commuters away from Interstate 95. And it will soon be joined by another new train station in West Haven, increasing the number of stations between Fairfield Center and New Haven from three to five.

Connecticut, of course, ranks near the bottom of virtually every study in highway congestion. A recent Transportation Safety Board study “conservatively” estimated that congestion costs the Nutmeg State over $670 million annually, and last year’s 19th Annual Highway Report of the Reason Foundation assigned Connecticut a lowly rank of 41st out of the 50 states in cost-effective highway systems.

No one expects one or two new Metro-North rail stations to solve these problems immediately. Nevertheless, in an era that is plagued by plummeting public confidence in government’s ability to address social challenges, the Fairfield Metro station opening is welcome news indeed.

Contributed by Michael Kraten, PhD, CPA, Accounting Professor at Providence College and President of Enterprise Mgt. Corp. http://aqpq.org

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