Posts Tagged ‘ rail ’

Connecticut Wins $22.6 Million For Freight Rail, Riverfront Work

Sep 11th, 2014 | By

Connecticut on Tuesday landed nearly $23 million in federal grants that advocates say will help transform Waterbury’s riverfront and dramatically improve a key freight rail line from New London to Massachusetts. About $14.4 million of the money will go toward Waterbury’s waterfront renaissance and transit center project, which Mayor Neil O’Leary has said could be

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Connecticut to hire consultant for Bridgeport station development

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

On Friday, the Connecticut State Bond Commission is scheduled to approve $2.75 million for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) to hire a consultant to complete engineering, design and environmental permitting for the new Barnum Train Station in Bridgeport, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy announced late last week. The funds will enable the consultant to develop

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Connecticut Looks To Add Another Train Station In Bridgeport

Jul 17th, 2014 | By

Commuters should have more options — and more places to park — when Metro-North adds a new Fairfield County train station in Bridgeport on its New Haven Line by 2018, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Wednesday. Malloy made the announcement at the former Remington Arms factory, a brownfield property, which will be the location of the

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Transit funding a political battle in Connecticut

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

A broken railroad bridge in Connecticut that snarled the commutes for hundreds of thousands twice in eight days recently has become the latest flashpoint in a political fight over transportation funding. The practice by lawmakers and previous governors to use the transportation fund — and other dedicated funds such as those for energy conservation and

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Malloy chose busway but railroad may do him in

Jun 12th, 2014 | By

Governor Malloy’s prospects for a second term may be determined by how many more times before Nov. 4 that troublesome 118-year-old railroad drawbridge in Norwalk malfunctions and stops traffic on the busiest commuter rail line in the country, Metro-North. Accidents and other breakdowns on Metro-North in the last year have discredited state government more than

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Failure Of Century-Old Rail Bridge Inexcusable

Jun 10th, 2014 | By
The Walk Bridge railroad bridge over the Norwalk River in 2007. (wikimedia commons)

The Walk Bridge, a movable bridge over the Norwalk River, opened 271 times in 2013 and failed to operate properly on 16 of those openings. Now it has failed twice in the past two weeks — most recently on Friday — stranding passengers and generally interrupting commerce in the nation’s busiest rail corridor. Leaders of Third-World countries wouldn’t stand for this.

Connecticut Seeks Development Near Busway, New Commuter Rail

May 1st, 2014 | By

Connecticut has put together a $15 million pot of public and private money to spur new housing and commercial development along the CTfastrak busway and Springfield-New Haven commuter rail route, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday. New residential and business development along the routes are key goals for Connecticut, which is pumping roughly $1 billion

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Gov. Malloy on Metro-North’s new rail schedule

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

“I have the commitments of MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast and Metro-North President Joe Giulietti that they will work directly with our DOT over the next few months to prepare schedule proposals that go beyond today’s changes, with an eye toward even better service by the fall.”

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.