Roberts, Mass. Lt. Gov. Murray pledge to work together to regionalize commuter rail
PROVIDENCE—Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts joined with Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray last week, along with senior elected leaders from Connecticut and representatives from the transportation and environmental advocacy communities, to push for regional transportation coordination between New England states. As part of the first ever Tri-State Transportation Conference between Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Roberts called regional connectivity key to promoting the region’s economic growth.
“Our regional economy will only grow when seamless transportation exists between Providence, New York, Boston, Hartford and everywhere in between,” Lt. Gov. Roberts said. “However, creative solutions to the transportation challenges that we all face in our home states will only come when we work together as a region to make such solutions— and economic growth— a reality. I look forward to partnering with my colleagues in Massachusetts and Connecticut to work towards these goals.”
The conference, coordinated by the National Corridors Initiative, Inc. was hosted by Connecticut State Senate President Don Williams and Connecticut House Speaker Jim Amann. Also in attendance were Rhode Island Economic Policy Council Executive Director Kip Bergstrom, National Corridors Initiative, Inc. President Jim RePass, First Albany Corporation Managing Director and infrastructure expert Ned Flynn, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers representative Dan Lauzon, former Massachusetts State Senator and long-time transportation activist John Businger, and American Road and Transportation Builders Association President & CEO Peter Ruane.