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Small-Town CT Goes Out of State to Be Heard on High-Speed Rail

January 26, 2017 By Staff
Small-Town CT Goes Out of State to Be Heard on High-Speed Rail

The Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) preferred route is anything but preferred by the people in the communities the rail line would impact

Some small-town residents are so angered by Amtrak’s plan to reroute high-speed trains through Connecticut, they traveled out-of-state for their voices to be heard. More from Fox 61:

Old Lyme residents are so concerned about a proposal to install new tracks to accommodate high speed trains, they traveled out of state to have their voices heard.

As reported on earlier by Reclaim Connecticut, small-town residents are furious with federal plans to build high-speed train routes through historic town centers on Connecticut’s cherished shoreline.

It seems the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) preferred route is anything but preferred by the people in the communities the rail line would impact, as reported in the CT Mirror:

The FRA’s selection of the favored hybrid route, even as the agency spent months collecting more than 3,000 public comments and other input on three other alternatives, has sparked outrage among those who had hoped the agency would abandon its plans for a controversial routing option that would run through Old Lyme on its way east. They say that bypass route would destroy the town’s historic legacy.

The fight is increasingly shaping up to be one of the federal government versus small-town residents in Connecticut.