The League strongly supports the concept of overall future planning in RB 5940 AA Requiring the Creation of Strategic Plans for Passenger and Freight Rail Service.
We note the proliferation of bills, many of them subject to this public hearing, requesting planning and funding for various rail and bus roads across the state. We believe that an integrated, and comprehensive approach to transit improvements must include coordination among all facets of transportation: highway, rail, air and marine modes of travel. A piecemeal approach will inevitably result in waste of already limited resources. If the state is going to be successful in achieving reforms, we need to understand the needed steps, costs paybacks and relative merits of various proposals. Input from various constituencies will be needed to achieve a comprehensive plan. Thus, coordinated planning is critical to move the state forward.
LWVCT Transportation Specialist