The Central CT Regional Planning Agency recently requested federal funds to upgrade the line. 1000 Friends of Connecticut supports that application.
Chamber Executive Mike Nicastro wrote, "The cost and efficiency of reopening this line could put mass transit back in business in Central Connecticut very quickly. It will immediately drive economic development and will make even a stronger case for the improvements to the New Haven/Springfield Line." "We should take this opportunity to be bold and utilize the assets we already have in the form of the rail right of ways to 'strike while the iron is hot'," he continued.