Some Of Amtrak's New High Speed Trains Would Include No Stops In Connecticut

The railroad is building a new Washington to Boston line that would cut directly through the state.


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.

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.

People in Madison and other shoreline towns who want to use Amtrak currently travel to New Haven to Union Station at 50 Union Ave., New Haven, or to Old Saybrook to 455 Boston Post Road, or Wallingford at 37 Hall Ave. Shoreline East is sometimes  used by commuters to connect with Amtrak.

Editor's Note: This article was clarified at 7:58 p.m. on Monday, August 20 to say that "some" of the trains will not be stopping in Connecticut.

Matt August 20, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Amtrak can't hold to something they say they'll do tomorrow let alone 20 years from now. If this project happens, by the time Amtrak builds it, the train will be obsolete to time warp cars anyway. They're already 20 years late on this.


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