Friday, July 31, 2009

$4 Million En Route to NHHS Line

WASHINGTON – Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) announced that the Connecticut Department of Transportation will receive $4 million for the development of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line under legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today. The project is included in the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act that would provide ConnDOT with $4 million in transit planning funds for the project.

“This funding is a down payment on the future of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail line,” said Dodd. “Moving forward with the development of the rail line is going to require a solid foundation and coordination among states, federal transit and rail agencies, and Amtrak. These funds will give ConnDOT the additional tools to help build this collaboration.”

Dodd, a leading advocate for the=2 0development of the Tri-City Corridor, worked with his colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to secure the funding. This measure will help ConnDOT conduct the analyses required to secure future funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts process, in addition to pursuing high-speed rail funds provided in the Recovery Act.

The Tri-City Corridor would establish both faster intercity and commuter service between New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield, providing residents of central Connecticut with better access to southwest Connecticut, New York City, western Massachusetts and Vermont.

Read the Courant story.

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