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ConnDOT offers a plan, and a mea culpa, for I-84 in Hartford

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Transportation Commissioner James P. Redker.

Can the same state agency that bulldozed vibrant neighborhoods and bisected Hartford with the construction of I-84 a half-century ago knit the city back together? As it designs a replacement for an aging section of elevated highway, ConnDOT insists the answer is yes. Continue Reading →

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Feds’ undisclosed ‘preferred route’ for rail lines sparks outrage

The map showing the preferred routes through Connecticut.

WASHINGTON – While the federal government was spending months soliciting feedback from the public on several alternatives for overhauling the railroads in the Northeast corridor, it had already identified a preferred plan that would dramatically change rail travel in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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Federal rail official: ‘No elevated track’ in Old Lyme; spokesman creates doubt, but later clarifies

More than 500 people turned out at Lyme-Old Lyme High School Wednesday afternoon for a meeting on a proposed rail bypass that would run through Old Lyme's historic district.

OLD LYME — Less than an hour after a top federal rail administrator Wednesday renewed her agency’s promise not to build an aerial rail line through Old Lyme’s historic district, a spokesman for the agency backpedaled on the statement and said it could not be ruled out entirely. The spokesman later amended his comments and reaffirmed the agency’s commitment. Continue Reading →

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Opponents organizing to derail new route for high-speed trains

An Amtrak Acela train crosses over the Connecticut River into Old Lyme.

OLD LYME — As federal officials near a decision on a railroad proposal residents are calling destructive and wasteful, about 70 people from across the southeastern Connecticut’s shoreline gathered Friday with local, state and federal lawmakers at a forum at Old Lyme Town Hall to find out how they could help stop it “dead in its tracks.” Continue Reading →

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CT split on rail overhaul; Malloy says repairs should come first

Amtrak high speed concept

WASHINGTON — There is split opinion in Connecticut on ambitious proposals to overhaul rail service in the Northeast Corridor, with some preferring to put resources into a coastal route to Boston and others backing an inland route that runs through Hartford with a new stop near Storrs. Continue Reading →

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Amtrak favors one rail overhaul plan, Old Lyme pans another

An Amtrak Acela train bound for Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is backing an ambitious plan proposed by the Federal Railroad Administration to overhaul rail transportation in the Northeast corridor, a proposal that would cost more than $300 billion. An alternative proposal for a new line through Old Lyme and other shoreline towns drew opposition. Continue Reading →

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If you can wait until 2023, no more red lights on Route 9

A DOT rendering of proposed improvements to the intersection of Rt. 9 and Washington Street in Middletown.

It’s a “minimalist” plan to solve one of Connecticut’s enduring traffic oddities — two traffic lights that suddenly appear on what is otherwise a limited access highway through Middletown. But the planning still will take another four years. Continue Reading →

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Senate would allow Amtrak to keep profits in Northeast Corridor

An Amtrak Acela train bound for Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — Congress will fall short of approving the $1.9 billion President Obama sought to subsidize Amtrak’s nationwide operations, but it is, for the first time, moving to rope off money for the Northeast corridor, the only profitable routes for the passenger rail line. Continue Reading →

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House sends lean, overdue CT budget to Malloy’s desk

House Speaker J. Brendan  Sharkey hugs Rep. Toni Walker, co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, after final passage of the state budget in the House.

Updated at 11:08 p.m.
The Democrat-controlled House voted 74-70 to adopt a $19.76 billion budget that closes a nearly $1 billion hole in the 2016-17 fiscal year without raising taxes or tapping Connecticut’s modest emergency reserve. Eight Democrats joined with all 62 Republicans present to oppose the measure. Continue Reading →

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Measure strips $1B in bonded projects off of CT’s credit card

Gampel Pavilion at UConn

The Senate voted late Thursday rebalance Connecticut’s credit card in the face of shrinking tax revenues, canceling or delaying about $1 billion in financing for a wide array of projects and programs, and to authorize $380 for municipal school construction, down significantly from recent years. Continue Reading →

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