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Amtrak’s New Line Faces Strong Opposition from Local Communities

February 8, 2017 By Staff
Amtrak’s New Line Faces Strong Opposition from Local Communities

As the project moves forward, will the voice of Connecticut's small town communities be drowned out by the push for regional development?

As reported on last week by Reclaim Connecticut, Amtrak’s “new northeastern route” plans to cut through historic Old Lyme, Connecticut. Against the vocal outcry of residents and Connecticut’s small town communities, at a recent hearing the Federal Railroad Administration defended the need for the bypass, saying:

The FRA maintains Amtrak needs straight tracks free of grade crossings for effective high-speed runs on the busy Manhattan-to-Boston corridor. Opponents want the federal government to focus on modernizing the Amtrak shoreline route east of Old Saybrook. The FRA says new tracks about a mile inland would be vastly more useful.

Opponents like Lisa Konicki, president of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, have highlighted the “devastating effects” the by-pass would have:

‘This proposal has potentially devastating effects — unacceptable impacts,’ and that it ‘It threatens Mystic Aquarium and Olde Mystic Village.’

Opponents of Amtrak’s expansion even went out of state last month to have their voices to be heard.

As the project moves forward, will the voice of Connecticut’s small town communities be drowned out by the push for regional development? Democrats and Republicans on the legislature signaled opposition to the plan on Monday.