Connecticut rail project gets federal boost

September 16, 2015

Connecticut will receive $700,000 in federal aid to help develop six train stations along the planned New Haven-Springfield rail line, the Federal Transit Administration announced Tuesday.

 The grant, which will be matched by $200,000 in state funding, is part of federal efforts to examine transit-oriented development.

“Investment in transit is about more than transportation — it is about growing jobs and strengthening our local economy,” the state’s congressional delegation said in a joint statement.

The funding will go toward the cost of new stops in Enfield, Newington, North Haven, and West Hartford, as well as renovations at old stations in Windsor and Windsor Locks.

“We are working to transform how we travel, to boost efficiency, grow our economy, and build a Connecticut for the future,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in the same statement. “The economic opportunities across the Hartford line — from New Haven, through Hartford, and extending to our northern border — are exceptional.”Website Insert Gathering of Professionals copy

The announcement of the grant comes less than a week after Malloy, the congressional delegation, officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration, and executives with Amtrak issued a joint statement calling the line a “top priority.”

They also referred to their Sept. 10 talks as “both positive and productive.”

“It is clear that all of the stakeholders in the process … agree that this project must get done,” last week’s statement said. “By the end of the month, we expect to make progress on a path acceptable to all parties that can help move this project forward.”

Expanded commuter rail service is a key part of Malloy’s plan to overhaul Connecticut’s transportation system, and he has said he wants the rail line to begin operation by the end of 2016.

Click here; reporter Mike Savino has the full story in The Bristol Press.


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