Bridgeport, Stamford receive millions for transportation improvements

The federal government shelled out millions of dollars today for two major transportation improvement projects in Southwestern Connecticut. U.S. Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Emil Frankel gave Mayor Dan Malloy (D-Stamford) a $7.9 million grant for the city's Urban Transitway. The project will relieve traffic congestion by connecting I-95, the Stamford train station, and Elm Street. Congressman Chris Shays (R-Fourth District) and other local leaders say the project will bring commuters much needed relief. It is expected to be completed by 2007.Meanwhile, Mayor John Fabrizi (D-Bridgeport) received $8 million to build the Intermodal Transportation Center at John and Water streets. The center will inter-connect Amtrak, Metro-North, ferry and local transit services in Bridgeport. Connecticut leaders say the transportation center will turn Bridgeport into the transportation hub for the state, and is scheduled to be up and running in 2005.

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