NORWALK, Conn. — Fed-up commuters from around Fairfield County lined up Sunday to voice their complaints to U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) about the dire state of region's roads and traffic.
The town hall-style meeting was held at the Norwalk Public Library. Himes heard directly from Connecticut residents about the severe traffic and how it impacts their lives.
About 80 people attended, and the top concerns included lack of parking at train stations and the replacement of the Walk Train Bridge over Norwalk Harbor.
Murphy will take the feedback and stories he heard back to Washington as he fights for increased investments in Connecticut’s transportation system.
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, state Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, and Executive Director Mark Abraham of Data Haven – a nonprofit organization that analyzes public data on transit systems and economic development – joined Murphy at the town hall.
As part of his ‘Fed Up’ listening campaign, Murphy called on U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to collaborate with him and the state's commuters to secure federal investments in Connecticut’s failing transportation infrastructure.
Just a few months later, in December 2015, Congress passed – for the first time in a decade – a long-term $305 billion transportation bill that preserves critical funding sources for Connecticut and authorizes more than $1.4 billion of investments in Amtrak and rail safety along the Northeast Corridor.
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