For immediate release: April 16, 2009
TSTC Statement in Response to Obama Administration’s Announcement of High Speed Rail Program
Following today’s announcement by the Obama Administration regarding a program that will allow states to apply for a share of $8 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds set aside for high-speed passenger rail projects, Tri-State Transportation Campaign urges Governor Rell, the Connecticut General Assembly, Connecticut’s Congressional delegation and ConnDOT Commissioner Joseph Marie to take the lead in ensuring Connecticut aggressively pursues funding for the New Haven to Springfield rail corridor, one that the Administration has specifically designated for high-speed rail.
The rail project, in its maximum build scenario, would add a track to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between New Haven and Springfield, adding seven new stations and improving service to the existing stations along the line. The project is an ideal candidate for the federal high speed rail funding. It will generate short and long term jobs, encourage transit-oriented development and relieve congestion on traffic-clogged I-91. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign hopes that Governor Rell and Commissioner Marie take full advantage of this opportunity and make certain that Connecticut leverages federal funding to jump start this project.
Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working towards a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.