Lamont Talks High-speed Rail with Amtrak Officials, No Word on Bypass Plans

NEW HAVEN — Investment in high-speed rail — potentially with federal funding — was the focus of discussion today in a meeting between state and Amtrak officials.  “Gov. Ned Lamont, Connecticut Transportation Commission Joseph Giulietti, Amtrak president and CEO Stephen Gardner, and Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia discussed the need to accelerate investment in high-speed rail, leveraging the new federal funds provided by the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act,” said Kafi Rouse, chief communications officer for the state Department of Transportation, in a statement. The infrastructure law authorized $30 billion in competitive grants that could be used to improve real

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Airport Neighborhoods to See Delayed 5G Service Pending Safety Tests

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A delayed rollout of new 5G cellular service from AT&T and Verizon hasn’t caused disruptions at Connecticut’s two airports with commercial passenger flights, according to airport officials, despite fears the new signals could affect airplane equipment crucial to landing in bad conditions. The two major cell carriers activated most of their 5G C-band towers for the first time on Wednesday morning, but delayed the deployment of towers around several airports to avoid potentially disrupting flights.  Representatives of both Tweed New Haven Airport and the Connecticut Airport Authority – which manages Bradley International Airport and five general aviation airports including Groton-New

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Phone App Debuts Free Door-to-Door Transit For Stops in New London

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NEW LONDON — The new NL SmartRide app worked well on Friday afternoon when CT Examiner booked a ride from Bank St. to the Shain Library at Connecticut College. It took about 5 minutes for the minibus to show up after the ride was confirmed and about 10 minutes to reach the destination.   As an experiment, Mayor Mike Passero booked a ride from City Hall to the Shain Library at the same time as CT Examiner. The idea was to see who would get to the library first and whether the app’s algorithm would instruct a driver to pick up parties

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Seaport Scrambles to Fit In Boats Seeking Shelter From Hurricane Henri

As forecasts Friday morning started to show Hurricane Henri heading toward a landfall in Connecticut, Chris Gasoriek’s phone at Mystic Seaport was ringing off the hook with people looking for safe harbor at the seaport’s docks. But the seaport’s docks were already filled with boats in town for the annual WoodenBoat Show, which was postponed from its usual weekend in June. The show was still going on as normal on a hot, sunny day on Friday, but Gasiorek said he’s been working to accommodate the people who often seek shelter for their boats at the seaport. He said he can’t

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Road salt, for better or worse is back this winter

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Salt on the roads has becomes a fact of life in New England during the snowy months from November to April, but that was not always so. In 2007, the State of Connecticut changed from a sand-salt combination to the exclusive use of salt on state roads, according to Kevin Nursick, spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Transportation, in a November 21 phone conversation. “Salt has its own problems, it’s just less problematic than sand,” said Nursick, who has been with the DOT for about 15 years. “It’s more effective at melting frozen material on the roadways and so it

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Opinion: The Ongoing Game of Whack-a-Toll

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Highway tolls in Connecticut have become a game of whack-a-mole. Governor Lamont’s toll mole has popped up again, after having been whacked summarily by General Assembly leaders of his own party less than two weeks ago. The current mole is a variant of the Governor’s original trucks-only campaign proposal. Things have gone full circle. The whole toll mole game started with candidate Lamont’s vague trucks-only plan. Lamont whacked his own proposal after his inauguration, saying that truck tolls alone wouldn’t raise enough money. He added cars, and presented a sketchy 8-page plan with a smothering network of as many as

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Needleman on a “New Approach to Transportation”

During the last legislative session, there was plenty of arguing about our state’s transportation infrastructure, but unfortunately, little action was taken. Connecticut’s roads and bridges are outdated, and we know we need to fix them. Luckily, it appears there’s going to be a new approach to transportation, one that will allow us to move past the controversy of how we pay for the fixes. It appears that Governor Lamont is planning to introduce a new proposal, one that first targets the problems before determining what the solution will be. That’s a key change to our current process, and one that

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Letter: Metro-North Problems

Metro-North, which I ride twice a week into Manhattan, is both necessity and bane. One can board the Shore Line East—another exasperating subject for another time—in Old Saybrook to make the connection in New Haven. Assuming a seamless transfer, there are standard non-trivial issues, like lateness, caused by long-term track work that has afflicted the schedule like a belated spring flu.

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