Murphy Sets Up Shop At Merritt Rest Stop To Hear From Fed-Up Commuters

By:  Kathy Reakes
Stamford Daily Voice

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- As he seeks more horror stories from fed-up commuters, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is going straight to the source and meeting with rush-hour commuters on the Merritt Parkway.

The Democratic senator will hold office hours at a Fairfield rest stop along the Merritt on Tuesday to hear directly from Connecticut residents and holiday travelers.

He will ask why they are ‘Fed Up’ with the dire state of Connecticut’s roads and severe traffic.

Murphy will take the feedback and stories he hears back to Washington as he fights for investments in transportation.

Fairfield State Sen. Tony Hwang and State Reps. Cristin McCarthy-Vahey and Laura Devlin will join Murphy at the rest stop.

They will be there at prime commuting hours: 7 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the southbound Merritt Parkway rest stop just past Exit 46.

Murphy previously sought online stories from commuters about their issues with Connecticut’s roads and rail lines. He then asked U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to collaborate with him to secure federal investments for the state's failing transportation infrastructure.

In the effort to shorten commute times, enhance productivity, and improve quality of life for Connecticut residents, Murphy sent Foxx the 450 responses he received and asked Foxx to take note of each constituent’s personal story as he fights for investments in transportation that support economic development and job creation throughout the state.

“I launched my ‘Fed Up’ campaign to draw attention to the state of infrastructure in Connecticut and to solicit feedback from people about their commute," Murphy said to Foxx. "The response I received was overwhelming. Enclosed are 450 responses. As you will find, they range from frustrating to heart-wrenching.

“A barber commuting from Waterbury to Bridgeport has to choose between serving customers from the after-work rush and making it home for dinner because there is a four-hour wait between trains. A parent in Trumbull has missed kids’ little league games, recitals, and family dinners.

"I promised my constituents to take their stories to Washington. It’s my hope that you will heed the stories of my constituents and take note of their proposed solutions. Together we must fight for smart, safe, and transparent investments in transportation that will work for us and for future generations.”

Murphy is a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development.