Transportation and Jobs

May 26, 2011

Nearly 30 million trips are made every day using public transit, mostly in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.  And the main destination of these millions of commuters is, not surprisingly, work.  So a new Brookings report surveyed public transit in 100 cities in the U.S. including Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, to see just how effective public transit is in getting people to their jobs every day.

Today, we’ll use this study as the jumping off point for a conversation about two big projects coming down the road or the rail -- the New Britain to Hartford busway, and the Springfield to New Haven high speed rail line.

Tom Condon, place editor of the Hartford Courant, joins us.  And we’ll check in with Serri Graslie who has been reporting on towns on the rail line to see how they’re getting ready for new trains.  And we'll hear about the so-called "Boondoggle" busway from a skeptical Kevin Rennie.