HARTFORD – State Representative Bill Buckbee (R-New Milford) testified before the Transportation Committee at the Legislative Office Building on Monday, March 5th. Buckbee advocated for the expansion of commuter rail service to New Milford as he spoke in favor of H.B. 5315 An Act Concerning Rails.
“Rail service will be a big positive for the Town of New Milford and surrounding areas. This will allow those working in neighboring towns an alternative means to commute to and from their jobs, alleviating some traffic on our congested highways. The addition of rail will also boost our local economy and increase tourism to our historic town,” explained Buckbee.
According to Buckbee, several local businesses and their employees have contacted him regarding their commute times. Often these commutes are upwards of two hours, in one direction.