Number Of State Trails To Be Improved

By midmorning on a sunny weekend day, the Burlington rails-to-trails route bustles with a crowd that can't be stereotyped: White-haired walkers, teens on bikes, middle-aged couples with dogs on leashes, young parents pushing strollers and runners of all ages and sizes. Full Story
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ANGEL

Jackson, OH

#1 Mar 30, 2009
To the individual who asks "why didnt they finish it"

That is what ADULT CHILDREN do...they start things and never finish them, unfortunately for us we are overrun with ADULT CHILDREN in influential positions in the STATE OF CONNECTICUT....
Dave T

Seymour, CT

#2 Mar 30, 2009
He in Westlake Middletown the city got a gran for the Westlake trail. The money was provided years ago but the money was diverted and spent on other things. Although they only just finished part of the trail, the planned trail is far from completion and money once again diverted to other areas.
Dave T

Seymour, CT

#3 Mar 30, 2009
Actually I beleive thats the Mattabassette Trail here in Westlake. Cities can divert grant money to use in other areas provided that some day maybe 10 years later the trail gets started.
Jeff

Bethany, CT

#4 Mar 30, 2009
Rome is falling. We need high speed rail to Boston & New York, this is the best we can do?
Reality Check

Hartford, CT

#5 Mar 30, 2009
Love this! Let's finish the trails and put back rail use in the form of Light rail.

Perfect!
Steve

Colchester, CT

#6 Mar 30, 2009
As usual... nothing in eastern CT.
GEO

Newington, CT

#7 Mar 30, 2009
Good Idea but who is going to pay for the upkeep? I know the Appl trail needs many volenteers to do it. Trails need maitnance.
Angelo

New Britain, CT

#8 Mar 30, 2009
This is called Rails to Trails? Pull up rails and pave them. These should be made into TRAILS and not small roads. What a waste of money! Unless you're one of the crooked contractors doing the work.
A wonderer

New Hartford, CT

#9 Mar 30, 2009
I read recently that 1 in 50 kids are homeless, and we spend money like this? Disgusting !!! In this economy, the idea is ludicrous.
Idiots

Canton, CT

#10 Mar 30, 2009
You're kidding right? With so many things that could be done with this money, this is what our representatives come up with?

What about solar power at public buildings to lower the cost of operation, what about other infrasturcture improvments where a significant part of the state would feel the benefit from the use, ie. suppliers, manufacturing, and trades. Where is our long term transportation plan to stop the daily car crunch and significant release of emissions on the highways?

I doubt it if the daily walkers are treking from Greenwich to Mass in one day. People pick their spot and use it.

This is the dumbest thing I ever heard of to use this money on, when you're billions in the whole, you look at what is critical and what isn't. This is a nice to have in better times, but certainly isn't a critical need.
Farmington Hogan Hikers

Avon, CT

#11 Mar 30, 2009
Aaaah! A great way to use our tax dollars on nice but not necessary feel good so must be good projects.! Wait! Lets complete the Fton River Canalside walkadoo up to the $275,000 Open Space building lot on Mt Spring, then to the ridge line - seen a Hogan hiker yet?(Hogan:$100,000 in town tax dollars for unusable wetlands.)
Cville Trail User

West Hartford, CT

#12 Mar 30, 2009
I will be very happy is they trail from Burlington to Farmington. For the people who say this isn't a good because "there are homeless children", a 2005 study showed that one in four (26 percent) of Connecticut high school students were obese (11 percent) or overweight (15 percent). Having more safe places for people to excersize is important. Trails that are finished and lead to destinations will also provide alternatives for people who wish to commute by bicycle (I ride to work often during the 6 or 7 months of the year and use these rail trails as part of my route), making less congestion. Giving people safe places to get outside a excersize improves people's health and improves the quality of life in our communities.
JJP in CT

Addison, TX

#13 Mar 30, 2009
A wonderer wrote:
I read recently that 1 in 50 kids are homeless, and we spend money like this? Disgusting !!! In this economy, the idea is ludicrous.
I understand your concern but those kids aren't homeless because of rail trails. Where are the parents?
JJP in CT

Addison, TX

#14 Mar 30, 2009
Jeff wrote:
Rome is falling. We need high speed rail to Boston & New York, this is the best we can do?
You are comparing "apples and oranges"
S Creamcheese

New Hartford, CT

#15 Mar 30, 2009
We need more paved trails in CT. The regular ones are just so dirty and icky and my Pradas get all messy.
just wondering

Manchester, CT

#16 Mar 30, 2009
JJP in CT wrote:
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I understand your concern but those kids aren't homeless because of rail trails. Where are the parents?
Where are the parents, you ask? Maybe HOMELESS as well????!!!!!
Andy

Farmington, CT

#17 Mar 30, 2009
"This is called Rails to Trails? Pull up rails and pave them. These should be made into TRAILS and not small roads. What a waste of money! Unless you're one of the crooked contractors doing the work."

Unless you are disabled. Unless you are elderly.
I'm guessing you are neither.
clueless

Wolcott, CT

#18 Mar 30, 2009
A wonderer wrote:
I read recently that 1 in 50 kids are homeless, and we spend money like this? Disgusting !!! In this economy, the idea is ludicrous.
Don't believe everything you read!! There will always be people in need. We in fact help these people, but no problem as complex as this can be solved 100%. So in your view all other projects must stop? No quality of life projests which help many. Ohh ya and this one is basically free to use.(yes i know our taxes pay for it but the poor pay no taxes and they can use it) So this is a nice activity for any income. So that would make it a worthy project which will be used by thousands. Helps people get exercise without worrying about getting killed by a car on a busy road. Really now get a clue people. Maybe a homeless baby daddy will get a job building the trail and get the baby a crib.
Rex Humbard

United States

#19 Mar 30, 2009
The voters of Connecticut should send Dodd down the Old Spanish Trail.
Ben There

New Haven, CT

#20 Mar 30, 2009
Another example of our government efficiency.

P.S. Don't forget to vote at the next election.

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