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Senator Murphy talks transportation plans for CT roads, rails

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Sen. Chris Murphy held his 'fed up' town hall meeting Sunday in Norwalk on Connecticut's current state of transportation.  (WFSB) Sen. Chris Murphy held his 'fed up' town hall meeting Sunday in Norwalk on Connecticut's current state of transportation. (WFSB)
NORWALK, CT (WFSB) -

Sen. Chris Murphy held his 'fed up' town hall meeting Sunday in Norwalk on Connecticut's current state of transportation.

His goal was take the voters displeasure back to Washington and get the federal government to increase funding for road and rail improvements throughout the state.

Murphy is calling upon U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to support Connecticut's commuters and help the state's failing transportation infrastructure.

"We have to come up with more money at the federal government. The state has to come up with more money. We have to spend it more wisely. We just shouldn't sit around here and expect the same thing over and over again is going to yield a different result," Murphy said.

Those who live in Connecticut know all about the dire road conditions of the state's highways and increased congestion on the roads and rails.

"People are forgetting the main source of where this [money] comes from. That is these trucks. Without the rest areas, without back up, and support for these drivers. Being a driver myself, I know when we have rules to follow  We don't have places to park when we have to," said Jennifer Castonguay, of Bristol.

People from out-of-state who travel through Connecticut also know how congested the roads can get.

A lot more traffic here...it takes about three times longer to get somewhere as to Utah, where I live," said driver Troy Elmer.

"This isn't an unsolvable Problem. We know how to fix the clogged roads we know how to get better service on the railways. Most of it involves spending money.  But we should spend the money and fix our roads and rails," Senator Murphy said. 

In December, Congress passed a long term transportation bill that will bring funding sources to Connecticut and $1.4 billion dollars to improve the rails along the Northeast Corridor.

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