Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Plans for High-Speed Rail Moving Full-Speed Ahead

Tomorrow--Thursday, July 29--DOT Officials from Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts will host a public informational meeting to discuss the environmental impact of the planned New Haven-Hartford-Springfield high-speed rail line. According to Governor Rell, the project "has tremendous economic development potential for Connecticut and will go a long way to ease congestion on heavily traveled Interstate 91." Transportation officials from Connecticut and the other states involved have been collaborating with the federal government and Amtrak to complete necessary preliminary work.

Earlier this week, Governor Rell also announced the state Bond Commission is expected to approve $260 million in bonding to improve the corridor. This funding may be matched by $220 million in federal funding should Connecticut's application be approved. Officials have high hopes the NHHS High-Speed Rail Line will attract enthusiasm on the federal level given the strong regional collaboration taking place in New England.

Come to One Union Place in downtown Hartford at 6:00 P.M. tomorrow evening to learn more and to speak for the public.


  1. Where is the hearing exactly? Is it on Thursday?

  2. Anything to help the congestion I'm in favor of. I'm frequently fighting through the traffic back and forth to airports and all over connecticut for my job in limousine services. Town car travel to JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are extremely frequent from cities all over connecticut and the heavy congestion on the way can make it a headache for all. Fight through traffic from the back seat next time you need a lift to the airport!