Transportation Public Hearing: Rail Infrastructure Improvements

Posted on February 19, 2020 by admin


On Monday, February 24th, the Transportation Committee will be holding a public hearing on Raised Senate Bill (SB) 155, An Act Concerning Rail Infrastructure Improvements. During the hearing, I plan to testify in support of a concept developed by the Waterbury Rail Line (WRL) Caucus, which proposes various enhancements to rail infrastructure and service in our region. As residents of our community, I encourage you to testify in person or submit testimony online (instructions below).

Transportation Public Hearing on Rail Infrastructure Improvements

Legislative Office Building (LOB), room 1E, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

Monday, February 24th, 2020 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

If our proposal becomes law, it would be the first step towards modernizing public transportation in Naugatuck Valley, which will have widespread economic benefits. In addition to providing commuters with better options during the week, this plan has the added benefit of alleviating some congestion on our highways, lessening wear and tear on public roads, and reducing our local and state maintenance costs.

The WRL Caucus will be holding a press conference in the LOB, room 1B at 10:00 a.m. ahead of the hearing. We will be discussing our proposal and why it should be included in the final bill to be voted on by the Transportation Committee.

How to Testify in Person

  • Come to hearing room 1E of the Legislative Office Building (LOB) on Monday, February 24th, 2020.

  • Speaking order will be determined by a lottery system. Numbers will be drawn from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

  • Speakers arriving after the completion of the lottery will have their names placed at the end of the list.

  • Please submit 55 copies of written testimony to the committee staff in room 2300 of the LOB at time of sign ups.

  • Email testimony to in PDF format.

  • The first hour of the hearing is reserved for elected officials.

  • Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.

  • Tips and FAQs about testifying are available on our website by clicking here.

How to Submit Testimony Online

  • Send a brief email ASAP to

  • Testimony must be in PDF format.

  • Reference Raised Bill LCO #1588 in the subject line.

  • Include your name and town.

  • You may copy me on the email at

  • Feel free to attend the hearing and listen to what others have to say on this important topic.

As always, if you’d like to discuss this issue or any state government matter, I am available to speak with you directly.

Office Phone: (860) 240-8700 or toll free (800) 842-1423