Amtrak Proposes New High Speed Trains [Corrected]

The railroad envisions a new Washington-to-Boston line that would carry passengers at speeds up to 220 miles per hour.

[Editor's Note: The headline of this article was changed from its original version and the article was updated to clarify that Amtrack's proposal would include stops in Connecticut.]

Amtrak is moving forward with plans to spend $115 billion improving rail service between Washington D.C., and Boston, including a proposal for a new high speed rail line that would cut through the middle of Connecticut.  

Amtrak's proposal for the new rail service would include a high speed portion with trains that would operate at up to 220 miles per hour along the new line, which would be built from Danbury to Providence and would cut diagonally across the state. A second tier service along that high speed line would include stops only in Danbury, Waterbury and Hartford, according to a story published today in the Hartford Courant

The plan has some state officials concerned because the proposal would bypass the already heavily traveled shoreline railroad, the Courant reports.

The new line, which is part of Amtrak's long-term plans, would cut directly through numerous eastern Connecticut towns. You can see a detailed report on Amtrak's proposal here.


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