Jul 23, 2013
08:17 AMConnecticut Today
New U.S. Transportation Secretary Visits Connecticut First
Peter Casolino/New Haven Register
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony R. Fox talks about CT transportation as he visited Union Station in New Haven Monday.
It’s too early to tell whether symbolism will translate into more support for Connecticut transportation, but the state’s political leaders were pleased Monday that Anthony Foxx made Connecticut the first state he visited as the new U.S. secretary of transportation.
Certainly, Gov. Dannel Malloy and members of the state’s congressional delegation saw Foxx’s visit as a positive beginning.
Foxx, a Democrat and former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., was sworn in July 2 after being confirmed by a 100-0 Senate vote. He replaced Ray LaHood, a Republican, who had made several visits to the state.
At a press conference at Union Station in New Haven, Foxx, 42, said President Barack Obama is “committed to building an even stronger transportation system, one that includes 21st-century rail right here in the Northeast,” with 2,200 daily commuter trains and Amtrak, serving 250 million passengers a day.
“A decade ago travelers chose air over rail to get from Washington to New York or from New York to Boston. Today, rail is the preferred mode in both markets,” Foxx said.
Roads and rails have gained a high profile in Connecticut, not always positively. On the plus side, a new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge is being built and the highways by New Haven Harbor are being reconfigured. A new train station is almost complete in West Haven. A passenger line from New Haven to Springfield, Mass., is in the works.
However, the derailment of a Metro-North train in Bridgeport on May 17 and a fatality May 28 of a worker at the West Haven station have brought increased scrutiny.
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