Some Plans For Amtrak's $115 Billion High Speed Trains Won't Include Connecticut

One of the routes the railroad is building includes a new Washington to Boston line that would cut directly through the state but not stop in it.


Amtrak is moving forward with plans to spend $115 billion improving rail service between Washington D.C., and Boston, including a proposal for a new high speed rail line that would cut through the middle of Connecticut but won't stop in the Nutmeg State.

What's up with that?

That latter plan has some state officials concerned because the proposal currently does not include any stops along the Connecticut portion of the route for some of the high speed trains, according to a story published today in the Hartford Courant.

Amtrak's proposal for the new rail service would include a high speed portion with trains that would operate at up to 220 miles per hour along the new line that would be built from Danbury to Providence and which would cut diagonally across the state. A second tier service along that high speed line would include stops only in Danbury, Waterbury and Hartford, the Courant reports.

The new line, which is part of Amtrak's long-term plans, would cut directly through numerous eastern Connecticut towns. You can see a detailed report on Amtrak's proposal here.

Tom Riccio August 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
A ridiculous waste of money. The Acela already runs along the shoreline and only saves travelers 30-60 minutes tops. Take this money and the money earmarked for California's project and fix all bridges nationwide which are ready to fall down.
alan kravitz September 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM
If iit only serves a few major urban centers and costs so much to build that only the urban rich can afford to ride it, maybe they should also pay for its construction and operation. Before undertaking this project we need an overall transportation plan as part of a regional development plan that takes into account more than the present rapid development of a few unaffordable urban centers.


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