BW Milwaukee Tue, 12 Oct 2021 00:15:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BW Milwaukee 32 32 OP-ED | Connecticut Mass Transit remains a network of missed connections Tue, 12 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +0000
A CTfastrack bus stops near Stop & Shop on New Park Ave. in Hartford (CTNewsJunkie file photo)

Last week, a number of prominent Connecticut public officials gleefully announced overdue plans for construction around the station proposed by Windsor Locks. The press conference focused on federal funding as well as proponents’ plans to link transit to local development, or transit-oriented development. But connecting transportation hubs like Windsor Locks Station to Bradley International Airport remains an ongoing saga in Connecticut.

Last year, more than $ 62 million in state and federal funding was approved to help fund a new station in downtown Windsor Locks, including $ 45 million from the State Bonds Commission. The plans include a market, apartments and a waiting area for airport shuttles.

But state and local authorities are counting on Congress to approve the infrastructure bill to complete dual tracking of CTrail’s Hartford Line and Amtrak trains. If plans are launched next month, construction could start next spring and be completed in a few years.