Funding for a high-speed train project in Connecticut received a $40 million boost today from the federal government.

“This is great news for one of the most important and ambitious public transportation projects we have undertaken in years,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said.

The money will be used to help build a second track through a 10-mile stretch between New Britain and Newington so trains can travel both ways on the route, and transportation officials say the track will relieve congestion on 1-91. Earlier this month, the State Bond Commission chaired by Rell, approved $26 million for the double-track project.

The federal funds came from a pool of $8 billion for high-speed trains. An additional $120 million was awarded to nearby high-speed train projects – including $70 million for Massachusetts and $50 million for Vermont.

“This $40-million is great news for one of the most important projects for Connecticut’s economic growth and transportation infrastructure,” said Tony Guerrera, chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

The state’s rail plan envisions upgrading the existing 62-mile track and nine stations between New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, Mass., and establishing a bus connection between the Windsor Locks station and Bradley International Airport.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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