Lamont Wants To Invest Billions In Connecticut's Railroads

Sean Adams
October 17, 2019 - 1:25 pm
Metro-North Railroad

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COS COB, Conn. (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Ned Lamont wants to shave 15 minutes off the Metro-North commute between Connecticut and New York.

The proposal was music to commuters' ears.

"Oh, I would love it," one rail rider said.

"That would be great, because we commute to the city every day," one commuter said.

"I think it's a great idea. I would really love it," another said.

As part of Lamont's $18 billion transportation plan, he wants to invest about $5 billion in Connecticut's railroads. That would mean replacing tracks, eliminating curbs, speeding up trains and repairing aging rail bridges, like the 115-year-old span in Cos Cob.

The governor hopes to purchase 100 new rail cars and bring express service to the Waterbury branch.

He'd pay for it with low-interest government loans, but ultimately, his overall transportation plan to improve roads and bridges, which calls for tolls. The governor is still trying to win over lawmakers.