Train service from New Haven to Boston via Hartford, Springfield and Worcester could have a “transformative effect” on the economy.
The coalition behind the bipartisan infrastructure bill is fragile, and the money it promises rail is both historic and inadequate.
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.
The section of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor from New Haven to the Rhode Island border, which has hugged the state’s shoreline for more than 100 years, includes stretches of rail already vulnerable to storms and flooding. As climate change exacerbates the risks, just about that entire line is believed to be in some level of jeopardy. The second of two stories.
As the state invests in a multi-billion-dollar plan to upgrade the rail line, there are those who say the impact of climate change isn’t being considered carefully enough. They worry the plan will entrench the line in locations vulnerable to storms and flooding. But others say it’s too expensive to move the line, and there are other ways to mitigate the impact. First of two stories.
Talk of tax cuts may once again be framing Connecticut’s gubernatorial debate, but Joe McGee of the Business Council of Fairfield County, and other business leaders, say it’s time for a wider frame with more long-range perspective.