For those of you interested in the long-delayed New Haven-Hartford-Springfield commuter rail project, the studies are still ongoing, and aren’t scheduled to be completed until 2010. Bah.
Interestingly, the Journal-Inquirer reports that DOT is considering partnering with Amtrak to provide a temporary solution:
The DOT is negotiating with Amtrak on introductory service that wouldn’t need an environmental assessment. It would require some double tracking, but otherwise could be operational for a far less cost.
“Our intention is to get some kind of introductory service up and running in the near term,” Nursick said.
He couldn’t specify how soon the service could be a reality, but that it would happen long before the commuter rail is built, and would offer service to residents along the Amtrak line. (Englehardt)
…So we could have a temporary service that doesn’t require a study? Why didn’t we know about this years ago? Interesting. What exactly is being studied, then, if this service would do some of the same things as commuter rail?
Well, it’ll be nice to have something instead of nothing, and if DOT can manage to put more trains on the tracks it’ll be a step in the right direction.
Waterbury Line Improvements Under Discussion
The Courant reports on discussions being held, and some, including Rep. David McCluskey, are pushing for passenger rail service from Waterbury to Hartford–which would be a partial replacement for the proposed New Britain-Hartford busway.
Englehardt, Matthew. “Towns thinking big regarding rail service.” Journal-Inquirer 3 January, 2009.