August 11, 2017

GOP leader opposes newly expanded bus service

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Republican House Minority Leader Themis Klarides.

House Republican Minority Leader Themis Klarides, a possible candidate for governor, said Thursday in light of the state's budget impasse she opposes expansion of the UConn bus service line.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that, starting next Wednesday, state-run CTtransit will offer regular daily service to and from UConn's downtown Hartford campus, which debuts later this month, to UConn's campus in the Storrs section of Mansfield.

Klarides noted that the school year has not even begun and the expansion does not represent a pressing need. She said it will cost the state "at least $1 million" to operate the expanded services.

"We share Gov. Malloy's frustration over the state budget impasse given that Republicans have put forth numerous budgets and cost saving SEBAC alternatives, Klarides said in a statement. "We are asking Gov. Malloy to reconsider expanding bus service to the UConn campuses at this time as services for the needy, including elderly food programs and support for the disabled, are being cut."

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