Businesses Still Troubled By Conn. Transportation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Businesses in Connecticut again say highway congestion is the state’s top transportation issue.

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association said Thursday that more than half of businesses surveyed say highway improvements and expansion would provide the biggest benefits to residents and businesses.

Still, businesses ranked transportation third, behind economic development and education, for spending priorities.

Pete Gioia (JOY’-eh), the business group’s economist, says the survey measures an increasingly negative impact of the state’s outdated transportation infrastructure. The state has grappled for years with ways to reduce highway gridlock on the state’s three interstates and Merritt Parkway.

State transportation officials say new rail cars on the Metro-North line have improved service and a rapid transit bus between New Britain and Hartford due to open in 2015 will get cars off the road.

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