Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont praised the multi-state, multi-agency rail infrastructure plan released by the Northeast Corridor Commission – Connect NEC C35 in a statement Thursday.
Lamont said the C35 plan is an opportunity to improve the bridges and tunnels along the Northeast Corridor while adding rail capacity, improving performance, and enhancing customer experience.
“Last month, Connecticut released Time for CT, a roadmap to bring faster and more frequent train service between Connecticut and New York. Today, C35 builds on Connecticut’s vision to better connect people and places in the state and beyond our borders along the Northeast Corridor,” Governor Lamont said. “The C35 proposal complements and builds on Connecticut’s vision, which is about jobs, combating climate change, and better connecting communities.”
C35, the 15-year rail service and infrastructure plan, is a group effort between Connecticut, other Northeast states, the federal government, eight commuter rail agencies, and Amtrak to outline specific details for 150 infrastructure projects in the region. The plan includes projects in Connecticut, like one that will create a one-seat ride from Waterbury to New York City and will establish express service from Hartford and New London to New York City.
“We know rail investments are the building blocks that will shape our country’s future and transform the Northeast and passenger service here in Connecticut,” Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “C35 represents a unified approach to making tangible social, equitable and economic impacts in countless communities and when paired with Time for CT, we have an opportunity to transform how people move – where and why – for this generation and the next.”