With snags cleared, state gets $40 million in already-promised stimulus money for rail line

The Department of Transportation released $40 million in high-speed rail funding to Connecticut Friday morning, just before hitting a deadline when the planned-on funding could have been taken back.

Over the last couple of weeks, Connecticut and federal officials worked with Amtrak to iron out some last-minute glitches that seemed to put the promised funds-allocated as part of the federal stimulus bill-in jeopardy.

The $40 million will be used to double-track 10 miles of track between Newington and Meriden, a key step for the full New Haven-to-Springfield high-speed rail line to move forward.

“There was a very clear deadline by which we needed to have these funds released, and I wasn’t about to let $40 million in money for our state go somewhere else,” said Malloy said in a statement Friday.