West Hartford, CT – Today Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) and Representative Whit Betts (R-Bristol) gathered signatures on a petition to secure a public hearing on the environmental impact of the New Britain to Hartford Busway.
“The public deserves to know how this will impact their community. We only need 25 signatures on our petition to be granted a public hearing by the Department of Environmental Protection,” said Representative Betts. “Surely the DEP won’t deny the people an opportunity to weigh in on a more than $573 million project. It’s their money and their neighborhood.”
The state is looking to build a 9.4 mile long Busway from New Britain to Hartford, using millions of taxpayer dollars.
The state specifically is trying to waive a public hearing on getting an inland wetlands, stream and watercourse permit to start construction in the towns of New Britain, Newington, West Hartford and Hartford.
The waterways affected include Piper Brook, Bass Brook, Kane Brook, Trout Brook, and the Park River.
“We are very concerned that the waterways in these towns will be destroyed without regard to the environment,” said Senator Markley. “For such a large project, paid for by the taxpayers of Connecticut, a public hearing should be held to make sure we are not throwing the environment under the bus – literally.”
Rep. Betts and Sen. Markley recently, sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner asking him to stop federal funding of the project and are in contact with officials in Washington, D.C.
“This is a bridge to nowhere that we can not afford,” said Senator Markley.
After collecting enough signatures the lawmakers will file their petition with the Department of Environmental Protection. Once a hearing is granted, by law a notice will be published in local newspapers.
Today, Markley and Betts also launched a website dedicated to stopping the busway. To learn more log onto www.BlockTheBus.com