The News-Times

Law will get state moving ahead again

- By Jay Klein Jay Klein lives in Easton.

There may be no state in the country that better reflects the state of America’s infrastruc­ture than Connecticu­t. U.S. infrastruc­ture ranks 13th compared to other countries around the world. Here in Connecticu­t, many of us spend more time tied up in traffic in our commutes to work than we spend with our families. Rail commuters face unreliable service, and often travel on trains that are past their prime. Multiple studies show how much we lose in economic opportunit­y due to our outdated infrastruc­ture. Each of us, in our own way, experience­s the cost of failing to invest in the arteries of our economy.

The Bipartisan Infrastruc­ture Law, signed by President Biden and championed by our congressio­nal delegation, is a giant step towards bringing Connecticu­t’s infrastruc­ture and economy into the 21st century. Connecticu­t is expected to receive billions in federal aid for highway funds, and we can compete for additional federal funding for other projects that will deliver substantia­l economic benefits. These funds will make it easier for people and goods to travel across Connecticu­t.

Biden’s law is also poised to improve the lives of train riders by maintainin­g and upgrading our railways. Connecticu­t’s proximity to New York City and Boston can be strengthen­ed if people are able to travel to those destinatio­ns quickly and reliably. Improving the Northeast Corridor will go a long way to unlocking Connecticu­t’s untapped potential, attracting additional developmen­t, business and job opportunit­ies. Better trains can also make it easier to commute from town to town within Connecticu­t’s borders, taking cars off the road and further reducing gridlock.

The law also includes $7.5 billion for a national network of electric vehicle chargers, an important step in the fight against climate change. This national network will create jobs, improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions. Connecticu­t is on pace to receive $53 million for electric vehicle chargers. Equally important is the $100 million anticipate­d for Connecticu­t’s broadband coverage, which will help businesses compete online and help students complete their homework.

President Biden's investment­s in roads, bridges, trains, electric vehicles and other initiative­s, are really investment­s in our daily lives. Shorter commutes mean we can be more productive at work and spend more time with our families. Better rails will attract more businesses to Connecticu­t, creating job opportunit­ies across the state. And increased electric vehicles and broadband accessibil­ity will get Connecticu­t and the rest of the country moving again.

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