The State Bond Commission is scheduled to vote tomorrow morning on funding for a commuter rail line between New Haven and Springfield, Massachusetts.
The commission will decide whether to approve $26 million for the 62-mile rail line. The money would help pay for the design and construction of double tracks. Currently there’s a single track for both freight trains and Amtrak passenger service. State Representative David McCluskey, who serves on the Transportation Committee, says the vote comes at a time when the federal government is deciding which states will win part of the $8 billion available for high speed rail service.
“It will demonstrate to the federal government, the Obama Administration, the Department of Transportation that Connecticut is serious about its contribution and the importance of the new New Haven-Springfield line.”
The new commuter line would give more choices to people traveling to New York or to Boston. And it would also have a connection to Bradley International Airport. Rail advocates say it would benefit the economy as well as reduce pollution and green house gas emissions from automobiles that now clog Interstate 91.
For WNPR, I'm Nancy Cohen.