Overcrowded highways and roads are the top transportation concern for Connecticut businesses, according to a new survey. More than half of survey respondents (55%) identified highway improvements and expansion as providing the biggest benefit to the state\u2019s residents and businesses, followed by improving and expanding rail systems (20%). Businesses overwhelmingly want operational lanes added to Interstate 95 (88% of respondents), and almost half (42%) of companies surveyed say road congestion limits their market. Respondents also said the state\u2019s recent fuel tax increases were impacting their businesses. Outdated transportation infrastructure\u2019 \u201cThis survey measures the increasingly negative impact of the state\u2019s outdated transportation infrastructure on the state\u2019s residents, businesses, and economic vitality,\u201d said Pete Gioia, an economist for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), one the groups that sponsored the survey. \u201cWhile the state has made some important first steps in addressing these challenges, it\u2019s very clear that considerable work remains,\u201d Gioia said. Need better transit options James P. Torgerson, president and chief executive officer of UIL Holdings, parent company of United Illuminating, called for improvements to the state\u2019s beleaguered public transit system. \u201cConnecticut\u2019s economy will continue to stagnate unless we invest in improving connectivity both within the state and to the New York City and Boston metropolitan areas,\u201d Torgerson said. \u201cMore and better transit options will support economic growth and improve quality of life.\u201d The 2013 Connecticut Transportation Survey found that business leaders ranked transportation as the third most desired state government spending priority \u2014 coming behind economic development and education. The survey was the first major study of statewide transportation issues. It was sponsored by UIL Holdings Corp, and produced by the CBIA, Connecticut Construction Industries Association, Stamford Chamber of Commerce, and Motor Transport Association of Connecticut. \u2018This is a wake-up call\u2019 Michael J. Riley, president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, said the survey results proved the state\u2019s economic health was dependent on upgrading its transportation system. \u201cThis is a wake-up call to Connecticut\u2019s political leadership,\u201d he said. \u201cIt\u2019s time to stop postponing expansions and improvements and get this state moving again.\u201d Condition of I-95 is criticized Stamford Chamber of Commerce President Jack Condlin noted that traffic volume on I-95 was more than three times the highway\u2019s capacity of 50,000 daily vehicle trips. \u201cIt\u2019s no wonder that this highway structure is among the state\u2019s \u2014 and even the country\u2019s \u2014 worst and most unsafe,\u201d Condlin said. Connecticut Construction Industries Association President Donald J. Shubert said the state \u201cmust put every dollar to good use. \u201cTurning available funding into designed and constructed projects as quickly as possible will have a positive and lasting effect on Connecticut\u2019s workforce, infrastructure, and economy,\u201d Shubert said. Other survey results Additional key findings from the survey: \u2014 Nearly three-quarters (74%) support legislation prohibiting the use of Connecticut\u2019s Special Transportation Fund to cover general fund shortfalls. \u2014 Almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents said recent increases in the state\u2019s gas and diesel taxes impacted their businesses. \u2014 64% believe better transportation options would increase their ability to attract and maintain a quality workforce. \u2014 15% considered relocating their businesses because of regional transportation concerns. About the survey and CBIA The 2013 Connecticut Transportation Survey was emailed in late September and early October to top executives at 6,000 firms across the state, with a response rate of 10.9% and a statistical margin of error of plus or minus 3.92%. CBIA is Connecticut\u2019s largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. Learn more at cbia.com.