The insurance industry dates from the 18th century when marine insurance was underwritten to cover the hazards of shipping. Connecticut insurance companies now underwrite policies for fire insurance, traveler’s insurance, automobile insurance, aircraft insurance, and life, accident, and disability insurance. Many insurance companies with headquarters in the state have their home offices at Hartford.
Connecticut serves as a major gateway for highway routes into the New England region. The state’s extensive highway system includes several heavily traveled roads linking New York City with Boston. Among the major highways in Connecticut is Interstate 95, which extends across the southern part of the state.
This route follows the route of the famous Boston Post Road, which linked Boston with New York City in colonial times. The principal passenger railroad in Connecticut is operated by the Metro-North division of New York State’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Metro-North’s main line in the state carries thousands of commuters daily between New York City and suburbs in Connecticut. Amtrak provides passenger service along the shore and through Hartford. The largest freight hauler is the Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail).
The state’s major airport, Bradley International Airport, is located near the town of Windsor Locks, north of Hartford. Connecticut is linked with Long Island by ferry service from Bridgeport.
A large part of Connecticut’s wholesale and retail trade is domestic, for Connecticut is advantageously located in a densely populated region that constitutes one of the richest consumer and industrial markets in the United States. Connecticut’s major seaports are New Haven, Bridgeport, and New London. These three ports handle the bulk of Connecticut’s foreign trade. Exports shipped from Connecticut include motors and aerospace vehicles and parts, industrial machinery, fabricated metals, scientific and medical instruments, chemicals, cutlery, tools, and hardware. Among the bulky raw materials imported by the state are limestone; lumber; manganese, chromium, copper, and cobalt ores; and iron and steel and other metals. "Connecticut" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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