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The Next Step in
Transportation
By Don Shubert
CCIA President

If there was one lesson learned in Connecticut over the
past year, it was that keeping the Special Transportation
Fund (STF) barely solvent from year to year no longer
works to support the state's transportation program. To
understand why this is so important, we have to look
at how we got to the situation we are in and where we
are headed.
After the Mianus River Bridge collapse in 1983, reports
showed the catastrophe was a result of metal corrosion,
aging structure and deferred maintenance. The following
year, state officials created the Special Transportation
Fund. The fund was designed solely for the purpose of
funding transportation projects in the state.
However, as ConnDOT shifted its focus to providing more transit services, the STF's ability to serve
its intended purpose has been challenged. Now that
transit subsidies consume more than 60 percent of
ConnDOT's operating budget, and transit capital
investments have skyrocketed, the revenues in the STF
that were originally intended to maintain and develop
the state's roads and bridges are dwindling. The fund
simply does not receive enough revenue to support
all modes of transportation.
At the very close of this legislative session, the General
Assembly rescued the STF and the state transportation
programs for the second year in a row. In the 2017 special
session, after a protracted budget debate, the legislature
retained the portion of the sales tax that is dedicated to
the STF to preserve the current schedule of programs. In
the 2018 regular session, policymakers accelerated the

schedule for transferring the tax on new car sales into the
STF, and dedicated $250 million of General Obligation
Bonds to transportation capital investments to stabilize
existing programs for five years.
It is imperative to understand that these measures
are short-term fixes only. They provide barely enough
revenue to avoid potential fare increases, service cuts
and project deferments. They do not provide enough
revenue to keep pace with the mounting needs, or to
improve mobility.
Today, state transportation investment levels continue
to fall well below transportation demands across all
modes. One ConnDOT estimate shows that the state
will have to spend double the current amount annually
just to maintain the existing transportation systems over
the next 30 years.
Action taken by legislators over the past two years
shows us that state lawmakers understand the direct
impact transportation investments have on safety, economic growth and quality of life. Now that the STF is
stabilized, it is time for legislators to advance a serious
non-partisan discussion on a permanent, dedicated,
user-based revenue stream that will support the state's
long-term transportation needs.
How leaders will approach a solution remains to be
seen. There are two things to watch during this campaign
season and the general elections. The first is the constitutional amendment for a transportation funding lockbox
that will be on the ballot in November. The second is the
developing political landscape and sentiment on enacting
an adequate revenue stream for transportation.
Today, transportation programs in Connecticut appear
to be stabilized for the foreseeable future. Now the
question is whether the state will move beyond the bare
minimum funding to adequately maintain the systems,
improve mobility and build a better Connecticut.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Summer 2018

The Next Step in Transportation
Connecticut’s Construction Apprenticeship Programs Strive to Maintain Their Edge
2018 Build CT Awards
AGC of Connecticut’s 2017 Industry Recognition Awards
CAAPA/ConnDot Paving Awards
The 2017 Arthur Gruhn Excellence in Construction Awards
#TimesUp for the Construction Industry?
2018 Build Connecticut Awards Dinner and 71st Annual Meeting
CAAPA Paving Conference
Ethics and Compliance Summit
Joint Forces Luncheon
CCIA/AGC CT – Young Contractor’s Forum
Move CT Forward Press Conference
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Intro
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - The Next Step in Transportation
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 8
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Connecticut’s Construction Apprenticeship Programs Strive to Maintain Their Edge
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 2018 Build CT Awards
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - AGC of Connecticut’s 2017 Industry Recognition Awards
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CAAPA/ConnDot Paving Awards
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - The 2017 Arthur Gruhn Excellence in Construction Awards
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - #TimesUp for the Construction Industry?
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CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - 2018 Build Connecticut Awards Dinner and 71st Annual Meeting
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CAAPA Paving Conference
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Joint Forces Luncheon
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - CCIA/AGC CT – Young Contractor’s Forum
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Move CT Forward Press Conference
CONNstruction - Summer 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
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