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DOT valued expertise over price in Hartford rail competition

Connecticut rejected the lowest of five bidders for the contract to operate train service on the new Hartford Line, instead picking the overall top scorer in a ranking system that valued expertise and experience over price, according to scoring sheets released Thursday by the Department of Transportation. Continue Reading →

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

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

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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Massive rail plan leaves Connecticut hopeful but mystified

Proposals to reinvent the Northeast Corridor rail system could impact Connecticut more than any other state. But a lack of detail in the plans is causing exasperation even among those who have been pushing for rail improvements for decades, and it has environmentalists worrying whether losses will outweigh the benefits. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Rail safety violators must be fined, but not Connecticut

Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants the Federal Railroad Administration to fine those who fail to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to implement rail safety technology called Positive Train Control — but he would spare Connecticut from punishment. Continue Reading →

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ConnDOT’s early stumbles, successes in development

In fits and starts, transit-oriented development projects, TODs in planning jargon, are taking root in Connecticut, a state expanding mass transit with the Hartford-to-New Britain busway, commuter rail service from Springfield to Hartford to New Haven expected by 2017, and Metro-North improvements from New Haven to New York. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut risks federal fines for slow adoption of rail-safety system

The Federal Railroad Administration said Wednesday it would fine railroad companies and railroad track owners, like the state of Connecticut, if they don’t implement a safety technology known as positive train control by a Dec. 31 deadline. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut yet to implement train-crash preventive technology

WASHINGTON – In the wake of the fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, railroad experts and lawmakers like Sen. Richard Blumenthal are touting safety technology that’s been slow to come to Connecticut. The state hopes to install Positive Train Control technology by 2018. Continue Reading →

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Price of first step on Malloy’s 30-year journey is $2.8 billion

The administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked a legislative committee Monday to approve $2.8 billion in additional transportation borrowing over five years, a down payment on what Malloy hopes will be a $100 billion infrastructure investment over three decades. Continue Reading →

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Amtrak may study high-speed service that would skip CT

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives will vote on legislation Wednesday that would require Amtrak to determine the feasibility of a new high-speed service from New York City to Boston that would likely cross Connecticut but make no stops in the state. Continue Reading →

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Snow plus salt equals Connecticut controversy

The salt treatments used in Connecticut to get snow and ice off the roads are spurring debate over what they may or may not be doing to vehicles and the environment. But everyone agrees they do a good job clearing the roads. Continue Reading →

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Murphy presses again for gasoline tax hike to shore up highway fund

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy, in partnership with Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, has renewed a push for their proposal to raise the gasoline tax to shore up a transportation fund that will soon run out of money, threatening road and bridge projects in Connecticut and elsewhere across the nation. Continue Reading →

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