Posts Tagged ‘ rail ’

Northbound Trains To Triple By 2016

Oct 2nd, 2012 | By

Commuters will no longer have to wait four hours to catch a train back home from Hartford, after the federal government Monday issued $121 million to send more trains zipping between New Haven and Springfield. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday officially accepted $121 million from the Federal Railroad Administration to turn the little-used north-south

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Capitol Connection: The future of public transportation in Connecticut

Aug 28th, 2012 | By

From the office of State Sen. KEVIN WITKOS Reading the news lately, there has been an increased focus on the future of public transportation in our state. From the now infamous New Britain-to-Hartford busway to new plans for high-speed rail, these issues are important public policy decisions that will affect all of us — commuters

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ABC’s of parking: cash-out, market-pricing & valet

Jun 9th, 2012 | By

After graduating from Stanford University, Patrick Siegman worked at the University’s Office of Transportation Programs. One of his duties was to organize “bicycle valet parking” at Stanford University football games. Valet parking for bicycles is free; volunteers watch your bike while you enjoy an event. I experienced the benefits of bicycle valet parking a few years ago, when I bicycled to the Clearwater Festival in Croton Point Park. In New Canaan, the Memorial Day Parade, St. Mark’s May Fair and other car-choked events would do well by providing bicycle valet parking. Click on this environmental headline to read more of the story Richard Stowe submitted.

Rail*Trains*Ecology*Cycling addresses bikes on trains in letter to Amtrak President

Jun 4th, 2012 | By

In a letter to Joseph H. Boardman, President, Amtrak, Rail*Trains*Ecology*Cycling, along with 70 co-signatories, asks Amtrak to draw on the success of the California Amtrak lines “in devising simple, low-cost ways to accommodate bicycles on all Amtrak trains nationwide.” Click on this environmental headline to read the letter.

In Portland, A Reminder Of Railroads’ Heyday

May 31st, 2012 | By

Palmer-Taylor Preseve straddles two sides of Middle Haddam Road and features abandoned train tunnels and scenic views of the Connecticut River. A barn and some old farm implements mark the parking area and the trailhead. For more on this story, visit: n Portland, A Reminder Of Railroads’ Heyday –

Public comment sought on Stamford East Side railroad station

May 30th, 2012 | By

STAMFORD — A new railroad station on East Main Street would encourage residential and commercial development east of Myrtle Avenue, as well as ease access to projects on a 32-acre tract on Blachley Road, said Steven Wise, developer of the tract. For more on this story, visit: Public comment sought on East Side railroad station

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In Downtown Visit, Jobs Honcho Looks To Rails

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By

Gubernatorial aide Kip Bergstrom is ready to tell other states, “We will steal your scientists”—but he wants high-speed trains to help him do it. The New Haven Independent reports.

Stamford seeks $15.5 million stimulus grant

Nov 6th, 2011 | By

The city is collaborating with the developer of a $3.5 billion residential commercial complex in the South End to seek a $15.5 million federal transportation stimulus to fund pedestrian access bridges, waiting areas and other renovations at the Stamford rail station. For more on this story, visit: Stamford seeks $15.5 million stimulus grant – StamfordAdvocate.

DOT to Present Train Station Development Details in West Hartford Tonight

Oct 17th, 2011 | By

A representative of the Connecticut Department of Transportation will provide details on the New Haven-Springfield line development at tonight’s town council meeting.

Plowing ahead: Metro-North considers winter strategy

Jul 3rd, 2011 | By

Improved customer communications and quicker decisions to cut back or suspend service to spare the Metro-North New Haven Line’s aging trains from snow related breakdowns are two strategies that will help keep Connecticut commuters moving during harsh winter conditions this coming winter, Metro-North President Howard Permut said.

2011 Transportation agenda: Find a way to pay for it.

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

The first transportation problem Gov. Dan Malloy and the General Assembly must solve in 2011 is financial.

Rail cut plan a train wreck, critics insist

Nov 28th, 2010 | By

A proposal by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to cut Metro North commuter train service on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines is likely to run off the rails, The Bristol Press reports.

Robert Miller Editorial: Rell’s rail-cut proposal serves no true purpose

Nov 27th, 2010 | By

“I’m sure, if someone asked Rell ‘Are you an environmentalist?’ she’d reply strongly in the affirmative. Even if it’s for show, proposing something that goes against thoughtful planning and the dire need to get cars off the road … seems far afield of what Rell would insist she stands for.”

Rail Service From Conn. To Vt. Studied

Oct 13th, 2010 | By

Plans to revitalize passenger rail service between New London and Palmer, Mass., appear to be on track, and leaders from several communities and universities along the Central Vermont Rail Line plan to make the idea a reality next week. via Rail Service From Conn. To Vt. Studied – Connecticut News Story – WFSB Hartford.

Plans on Track: Passengers on Housatonic RR

Sep 23rd, 2010 | By

The Housatonic Railroad Company has released the results of a study undertaken last spring to determine the viability of bringing passenger service back to the region, from Danbury north through Litchfield County and into the Berkshires. The answer is that it’s a distinct possibility. via Plans on Track: Passengers on Housatonic RR – News –

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Conn. train riders toast bar cars

Aug 24th, 2010 | By

If anyone doubted that Connecticut’s train commuters like their bar cars, a new survey puts that notion to rest. Ninety percent of people who took the survey by the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council want bar car service to continue on Metro-North and 82 percent said they use the cars when their train has one. via

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Metro-North puts off bike rack testing for new cars

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

While cycling advocates hope to gain greater space aboard trains, Metro-North Railroad has slowed down plans to endorse a bike-hook design for Connecticut’s new 300-plus car M-8 fleet, officials said. via Metro-North puts off bike rack testing for new cars – Connecticut Post.

RI to break ground on commuter rail station

Aug 17th, 2010 | By

State and local officials will break ground Wednesday on a new train station in North Kingstown that will extend commuter rail service from Boston to the southern part of Rhode Island by the end of 2011. via RI to break ground on commuter rail station | The Republican-American.