December 22, 2010
To: Mr Al Goff and Mr. Brian Mercure
Since 2005, members of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut have continued to adopt Transportation as the legislative priority reflecting the importance our membership of over 2.100 places on the issue. We share the Department of Transportation’s stated goal to provide a safe, efficient and cost-effective transportation system that meets the mobility needs of all its users. The League also believes that the transportation system must be balanced, interlocking and multi-modal and that the principal goal of any transportation policy must be the reduction of all vehicular traffic on Connecticut ’s roads.
Much has been put in place recently to shift our state toward a revamped transportation system that recognizes the need for mass transit. However, the state now needs an experienced and talented transportation chief who will continue to implement the paradigm shift needed to overhaul the transportation system through the development of priorities and goals that rely on non-vehicular alternatives.
Members of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut urge you to appoint a Commissioner of Transportation with a proven track and experience to:
· recognize that the old approaches are not working;
· consider long-term solutions to traffic congestion;
· explore innovative approaches to traffic solutions;
· adopt a “Fix-it-first” policy instead of new highway construction;
· expedite completion of those highway projects currently under way that hold the greatest potential for reducing bottlenecks;
· change the department’s culture and retrain they department’s personnel to plan and implement these concepts.
We are enclosing the League’s 2011 Transportation Priorities. We look forward to a successful completion of the transition and appreciate this opportunity to provide input.
Jara N. Burnett
LWVCT Transportation Specialist