Next Thursday, July 29, DOT representatives from Connecticut, Vermont and Massachussetts will lead a discussion on the environmental impact of the planned New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) high-speed rail line. According to Governor Rell, “this project has tremendous economic development potential for Connecticut and will go a long way to ease congestion on heavily traveled Interstate 91.”
The project calls for bidirectional service between New Haven and Springfield running Monday through Friday on a 30-minute peak period schedule. Furthermore, DOT representatives will explain how the NHHS rail line will eventually connect all of New England and even extend up to Montreal.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the public meeting at 6 p.m. on July 29 at Union Station, located at One Union Place in downtown Hartford. Transportation officials from the New England region are already collaborating with Amtrak and federal officials to complete the preliminary work for the NHHS project, but public input is vital if the project is to meet New England’s needs.