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The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has released an interim five-year capital plan spanning fiscal years 2022 to 2026.
The plan reaffirms the state’s commitment to sustainability through reducing emissions and focusing on resident health and safety. Also, the plan describes capital investments in roadways, bridges, public transit and infrastructure.
CTDOT currently has $2.25 billion in available capital program funding for FY2022 — $1.36 billion for roadways and bridges, $844 million for bus and rail, and $49 million supporting facility repairs and upgrades.
Rail ridership continues to rebound from the pandemic, CTDOT officials said in a press release. Recent figures show ridership at 50% of pre-pandemic levels. Gov. Ned Lamont’s Time for CT program allocates state funding to be used for track upgrades, bridge repairs and new rail vehicles. He also signed an executive order in December 2021 directing the agency to take action on reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality.
“Strategic investments in infrastructure, increased access to public transportation and new initiatives that reduce our carbon emissions are critically important to economic growth in Connecticut and the health and safety of residents,” said CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti. "Our interim five-year plan demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safety, equity and resiliency.”
CTDOT expects to publish the final version of its capital plan report by summer.