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The Long Commute
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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05/07/2008
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Today Where We Live is broadcasting LIVE from Fairfield University!

 

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John Dankosky interviews Kurt Schichtling and Jim Cameron at WVOF: Photo by Jean SantopatreJohn Dankosky interviews Kurt Schlichting and Jim Cameron at WVOF: Photo by Jean SantopatreStuck in traffic on 95? Packed Like a sardine into a train? It’s the life of the Connecticut Commuter.

Almost everywhere you go in the state, you feel the impact of traffic congestion – outdated infrastructure and outmoded public transportation. But no place is it worse than in Fairfield County.

So today, we hit the road…braved the traffic on 95, and came to Fairfield University for a special Where We Live devoted to transportation.

We’ll talk about the impact clogged highways have on business in the state…what the future of public transportation is in Connecticut…and about what can be done to pay for roadway repairs while reducing traffic (tolls anyone?)

The picture of the Metro North train on the front page was taken by Jim Frazier. Please visit his Flickr Site.

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I heard part of your program on traffic congestion today. It was interesting and I heard some important issues raised and discussed. There was one major source of traffic problems that I did not hear mentioned, however. Did anyone bring up the issue of people's driving style? If people obeyed the traffic laws, that would make a great improvement in traffic flow. This, as well as safety, is why we have traffic laws. Unfortunately there is a lot of aggressive driving along my route to work (Wallingford to New Haven). This includes passing on the shoulder of the highway or using turning lanes for passing, as well as tailgating and other violations of the law. Every driver seems to want to be first, and to feel he or she is above the law. Unfortunately this causes other drivers to have to brake to avoid people cutting in illegally, and causes bottlenecks or worse, accidents. People would be well advised to take responsibility for their driving style, drive courteously and lawfully, and learn anger-management and stress-reduction techniques. This alone would not solve the congestion problem, but it would go a long way toward restoring the steady flow of traffic.

S.D.

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I want to echo some of the comments made by Mike in Winsted and others Unlike New York bound commuters, many of us in Connecticut do not have the option of commuter rail service. Routes between Hartford to either Boston or New York are irregular and expensive. There is no rail service connecting Hartford and Providence. I have talked to several people who would take trains to and from work if they were available.

    I live in Litchfield County (Washington, CT) and teach at the University of Hartford. I'd love to see rail service connecting Danbury-Waterbury-Hartford-Providence. It would be better for the environment, and given current gas prices provide a much needed option.
Thank you for considering my comment.

C.E. Wyllie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Art and Archaeology
University of Hartford

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What about transit in the Hartford area? They have been talking about the New Britain - Hartford busway for about 10 years now. Springfield - Bradley - Hartford - New Haven light rail has been talked about and talked about. Meanwhile our only options are CT transit buses which are hit or miss depending on where you live and work. We need something here. Companies are moving to Windsor to get away from the Hartford parking mess and creating work places that you can only drive a car to. Thanks,

Peter Kurimay

Bicycle transportation

If you build it they will come-Bicycle friendly communities.
In Several cities with safe bike routes such as bike trails and bike lanes up to 14% of miles traveled are done by bicycle. Cities such as Chicago & Milwaukee are part of this group. We have neglected the potential of taking 5 to 10% of cars off the road for people who live from 5 to 10 miles from their destination with obvious health benefits. The State has given very very little to this mode of transportation. Let's make it safe to bicycle to work.
Bob Dickinson
South Windsor, CT

Commuter Rail Service in Connecticut

Unlike New York bound commuters, many of us in Connecticut do not have the option of commuter rail service. Routes between Hartford to either Boston or New York are irregular and expensive. There is no rail service connecting Hartford and Providence. I have talked to several people who would take trains to and from work if they were available.
I live in Litchfield County (Washington, CT) and teach at the University of Hartford. I'd love to see rail service connecting Danbury-Waterbury-Hartford-Providence. It would be better for the environment, and given current gas prices provide a much needed option.
Thank you for considering my comment.