WASHINGTON – After hearing directly from more than a thousand Connecticut commuters about why they’re ‘Fed Up’ with the dire state of Connecticut’s roads and rail lines, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) today released the first in a series of reports, called “Fed Up: Traffic on the I-95 Corridor”, to identify the specific trouble areas for Connecticut commuters and to propose a set of policies that will improve traffic and congestion throughout the state. Each report will combine the voices of real commuters with data to analyze what can be fixed on a town-by-town and exit-by-exit basis along the I-95 corridor from New Haven to New York. The report released today specifically focuses on the commuter experiences of Norwalk’s 88,000 residents, and outlines recommendations for improvement at exits 14, 15, and 16 in Norwalk, as well as on the Metro-North New Haven Line.
“I launched my ‘Fed Up’ campaign to hear the real stories of moms and dads, business owners, and employees who are fed up with traffic. The response was overwhelming,” said Murphy. “I’ve taken their nightmare stories with me back to Washington, and now I’m working to fix it. Each of these reports will identify the specific repairs and upgrades we need to make to ensure that Connecticut residents can make it home in time for dinner, and safely to their jobs and their kids’ schools. Whether it’s on I-95 or Metro-North, I am ready to fight – in both Hartford and Washington – to come up with the money we need to make these long overdue improvements to our roads and rails.”
Based on feedback received by commuters in Norwalk during a town hall meeting there last month, Murphy’s latest ‘Fed Up’ report recommends specific action items to improve East Avenue and I-95 Exit 16 Interchange ramps, relieve parking demand at Metro-North stations, and expedite upgrades to the century-old Norwalk Walk Bridge.
Murphy launched his ‘Fed Up’ campaign last year in the effort to shorten commute times and improve quality of life for Connecticut residents. Murphy collected feedback from residents across the state at various town hall events and via an online survey. Murphy also called on U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to collaborate with him and Connecticut’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. Most recently, Murphy held a town hall to hear about the experiences of Connecticut commuters at the Norwalk Public Library.