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Talking Transportation is a weekly CT Mirror briefing on transportation issues, authored by longtime rail advocate and columnist Jim Cameron. All opinions are solely those of the author.

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A CT transportation summit, or PR fest?

By Jim Cameron, Transportation Columnist

It was billed as a “Transportation Summit”. But the gathering last week in Stamford was more of a PR event than anything else as Governor Lamont, the leaders of CDOT, the FRA, Amtrak, Metro-North and the ever-smiling Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons sounded mostly like cheerleaders for the multi-billion dollar spending to come for our rail system.

Sponsored by the Northeast Corridor Commission, the invitation-only confab attracted about 60 people, most from the business community. Noticeably absent: anyone representing commuters. Needless to say, I was not invited, but neither was the Commuter Council. Fortunately, you can watch the entire hour-long event thanks to CT-N.

When you attract such a prestigious panel, you’d expect more than just a lot of self-congratulations. But after the event, the panelists just hopped back on their trains and headed home… no luncheon discussion or closed-door huddle on the long still-to-do list.

Saddest of all, there was no real news that came out of the event so even the sought-after media coverage was pretty bland.

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🚂 CT Insider: Lamont: 'More frequent and faster rail' will play an 'enormous role' in Connecticut's future growth
With faster commutes on rail than travel on Interstate 95, the governor and his economic development team hope to woo more residents and businesses to settle in the state.  
🚶 CT Insider: Ten rural CT communities to receive portion of over $9M for transportation, safety upgrades
The grants are designed to direct funding to rural towns that are often ineligible for many federal transportation programs
Connecticut Public: Reporter's Notebook: Investigating accessibility in public transit
Greater Bridgeport Transit missed or denied more than 1,300 trips requested by riders with disabilities in a single year. And more than half of all paratransit buses showed up late.

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Rdmirror Talking Transportation by Jim Cameron Talking Transportation is a weekly CT Mirror briefing on transportation issues, authored by longtime rail advocate and columnist Jim Cameron. All opinions are solely those of the author. » LATEST COLUMN A CT TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT, OR PR FEST? By Jim Cameron, Transportation Columnist It was billed as a “Transportation Summit”. But the gathering last week in Stamford was more of a PR event than anything else as Governor Lamont, the leaders of CDOT, the FRA, Amtrak, Metro-North and the ever-smiling Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons sounded mostly like cheerleaders for the multi-billion dollar spending to come for our rail system. Sponsored by the Northeast Corridor Commission, the invitation-only confab attracted about 60 people, most from the business community. Noticeably absent: anyone representing commuters. Needless to say, I was not invited, but neither was the Commuter Council. Fortunately, you can watch the entire hour-long event thanks to CT-N. When you attract such a prestigious panel, you’d expect more than just a lot of self-congratulations. But after the event, the panelists just hopped back on their trains and headed home… no luncheon discussion or closed-door huddle on the long still-to-do list. Saddest of all, there was no real news that came out of the event so even the sought-after media coverage was pretty bland. 📰 READ THIS WEEK'S COLUMN » Missed last week's? Catch up here. CT Mirror members create briefings like mine through their financial support. Help create more. Become a member. Forward This Email » WEEKLY UPDATE WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (2/5) Wikimedia Creative Commons 🚂 CT Insider: Lamont: 'More frequent and faster rail' will play an 'enormous role' in Connecticut's future growth With faster commutes on rail than travel on Interstate 95, the governor and his economic development team hope to woo more residents and businesses to settle in the state.   🚶 CT Insider: Ten rural CT communities to receive portion of over $9M for transportation, safety upgrades The grants are designed to direct funding to rural towns that are often ineligible for many federal transportation programs ♿ Connecticut Public: Reporter's Notebook: Investigating accessibility in public transit Greater Bridgeport Transit missed or denied more than 1,300 trips requested by riders with disabilities in a single year. And more than half of all paratransit buses showed up late. » ON SOCIAL Readers create CT Mirror journalism through their financial support. With a gift today, you can create more. DONATE Give today to make this message go away. Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Support CT Mirror Journalism Our mailing address is: The Connecticut Mirror The Connecticut News Project Inc. 1049 Asylum Avenue Hartford, CT 06105 Want to opt out of future Talking Transportation briefings?  or  to stop receiving these emails specifically. Never want CT Mirror emails again? Use this link. Copyright © 2024 The Connecticut Mirror, The Connecticut News Project Inc., All rights reserved.
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