Sacramento Supervisor MacGlashan and Folsom Council Member Miklos Speak Out About Importance of the Connector
Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan and Folsom City Council Member Steve Miklos authored an opinion article expressing support for the Connectorâ€™s implementation that appeared in the July 8 edition of the Sacramento Bee
. Following is an excerpt from the piece:
â€œOnce the connector is built, drivers will have a safe option parallel to Highway 50 that helps them avoid the congested central core of Sacramento. As a more direct line between the southern and eastern reaches of the region, the connector will save time and reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.
The connector also packs a strong economic-development punch. Building it will generate more than 5,400 new construction jobs and $310 million in new regional labor income. Over 20 years, the connectorâ€™s construction and use will create more than 25,000 direct and indirect jobs generate $1 billion in new labor income and increase gross regional product by $1.6 billion.
Thatâ€™s an economic impact greater than the Sacramento International Airport expansion, the Highway 65 bypass in Lincoln or the downtown arena. And after itâ€™s fully built, the connector will save area residents and workers millions of dollars annually due to benefits from reduced congestion.
Given its transportation and economic-development impacts, moving forward with the connector makes sense on many levels. We need a variety of solutions to meet the future transportation demands of downtown Sacramento and surrounding communities. In areas where light rail or streetcars arenâ€™t available as near-term options, people still want safety, mobility and choice.
As voters told us clearly 10 years ago, the Capital SouthEast Connector needs to be one of those solutions.â€