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Some of Amtrak's New High Speed Trains Would Not Stop in Connecticut

The railroad is building a new Washington to Boston line that would cut directly through the state.

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.

That latter plan has some state officials concerned because the proposal currently does not include any stops along the Connecticut portion of the route for some of the high speed trains, according to a story published today in the Hartford Courant.

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 that would be built from Danbury to Providence and which would cut diagonally across the state. A second tier service along that high speed line would include stops only in Danbury, Waterbury and Hartford, 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.

meowkats4 August 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
This country is so behind the times!!! Other Countries have monorail systems throughout their country, we depend more on automobiles. Amtrak is a government run transportation system, that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Just recently I took Amtrak train, coming home from Long Island got on at the Bridgeport station changed trains in New Haven to head up to Windsor Locks, entering on the train the conductor told each passenger one car had air-condition and the other was without temp was in the 90's. Going to Bridgeport and getting on in Windsor Locks station (not much of station -just a platform no ticket kiosk to purchase a ticket) several of us boarding the train had not purchased a ticket the conductor said we can purchase one on the train. They charged double the price, because we did not make a reservation so instead of paying $27.00 my ticket was $57.00 one way!! (I was told this was due to Homeland Security) Coming back I made sure I made a reservation and was able to purchase my ticket in Bridgeport at a kiosk! I agree the charge of $54.00 round trip is reasonable, from Windsor Locks to Bridgeport, when you can just set back and read or use a computer and not deal with TRAFFIC these days!
meowkats4 August 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Another issue with taking Amtrak is if you want to leave your car and get on a train! Now that is an issue in it self. No one would want to leave their car in the Hartford station. Many do drive to New Heaven and get on the Acela Express to New York, but the Acela does not make any stops because of the high speed! If you were to drive to New Haven get on the Acela one way cost $91.00 to go to New York Penn Station. ( 1 hour 27 min ride) Now that is not cost effective!!!

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