Shoreline Town Balks At Possible New Amtrak Line

February 9, 2016

By Don Stacom, Hartford Courant

HARTFORD — A proposal that might reroute the Amtrak line in southeastern Connecticut has drawn so much opposition that much of the state’s Congressional delegation is asking federal regulators to take a closer look at it.Website Insert Gathering of Professionals 1 copy

Old Lyme this winter has become the center of opposition to the proposed construction of 60 miles of new tracks between Old Saybrook and Kenyon, R.I.

 “This plan would decimate the heart of our community,” Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder told the Federal Railroad Administration in a letter last month. “We are a small town with very little ‘central community’ area, and what we do have is extremely important to our history, economy, character and sense of community.”

The FRA is considering the new route as part of one option for modernizing Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, the heavily used run linking Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.

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