Waterbury Rail Line Proposal Raised by Transportation Committee

Posted on February 14, 2020 by admin


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HARTFORD – Members of Connecticut’s Waterbury Rail Line (WRL) Caucus and area legislators praised the Transportation Committee’s decision to take up their proposal to improve the infrastructure and service on the Waterbury line.

Current stops along the branch include Derby-Shelton, Ansonia, Seymour, Beacon Falls, Naugatuck, and Waterbury, with future expansion to Thomaston and Torrington. The plan calls for both short-and-long term improvements between now and 2030.

“On behalf of my co-chairs, State Senators Joan Hartley and George Logan, and everyone who supported this proposal, I would like to thank members of the Transportation Committee for taking up this important concept that will transform public transportation in the valley,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “If this plan is successful, the enhancements will improve commutes for thousands in our region, not to mention reduce traffic on highways and local roads. We also see this as a good investment for the entire state as many businesses have cited transportation a major issue. Investing in our rail system will improve Connecticut’s long-term economic outlook. I look forward to seeing this bill move forward with widespread support in the legislature.”

The bill, An Act Expanding Service on the Waterbury Rail Line, seeks considerable improvements to both rail service and infrastructure, including more rail cars and locomotives, additional trains during peak hours, and the creation of the Waterbury Rail Line Improvement Plan to identify and prioritize key projects to improve WRL operational efficiency and usage.