Connecticut seeks new train operator

July 5, 2015

HARTFORD — Even if the state can get construction of the troubled New Haven to Springfield commuter rail project back on course, there will still be a critical question lingering: Who is going to run the trains?

The answer is virtually certain to affect fares, service quality and possibly timetables on a project that several Connecticut communities are counting on to spur residential and business development near their rail stations.

The state transportation department in April began seeking proposals from prospective contractors, but it’s not clear that anyone is stepping forward to bid. The DOT on Thursday declined to say whether it has received any formal proposals.

But last month it was revealed that Amtrak is locked in an acrimonious dispute with Connecticut over who will pay to upgrade the line to accommodate high-frequency commuter service.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wrote to top federal transportation officials that Amtrak has mismanaged construction and impeded efforts to control costs, concluding: “The result is that the project is grossly over budget and significantly behind schedule.”

 

Reporter Dan Stacom of the Hartford Courant has the full story by clicking here.

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