Message from the Director: December 2019

A Climate & Jobs Transportation Plan

Jonathan Harris, senior advisor to Governor Lamont, attended our Roundtable Gathering last month to hear participants’ feedback on the CT2030 transportation plan.  We organized a follow-up meeting at the Capitol for allies to advocate for a revised plan that aligns with mandated climate goals.

Much-needed repairs to roads and bridges should be balanced by more substantial investments in transit – both rail and buses.  Communities that have suffered the most from transportation pollution also have a greater dependence on buses and active transportation (biking, walking).  So investing in those modes of transport not only enhances the quality of life in our metropolitan regions but also has a positive economic impact by improving access to jobs and services.

We hope the legislature agrees on a funding package in the coming weeks, so we can work with allies to ensure a robust public engagement process that will help prioritize how we invest those transportation dollars. We can put thousands of union members to work building a modern transportation system that strengthens the economy while protecting the climate and the public’s health.

Aisha K. Staggers
Author: Aisha K. Staggers

Provider of "proactive and strategic communications" with a solid background in print and digital journalism. Communications Director of Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs.