Connecticut and Amtrak discuss new opportunities for the state

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti recently met with Amtrak President and CEO Stephen Gardner to discuss ways to further develop the state’s rail infrastructure.

Officials also discussed the partnership between Amtrak and the state.

Lamont said bringing faster trains to Connecticut will improve the state’s economy, growth and quality of life. He also stressed that now is the time to invest in rail infrastructure.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Act approved $30 billion in competitive grants to improve rail performance on the Northeast Corridor. Initiatives are also working towards this goal and could benefit from competitive grant funding.

The TIME FOR CT initiative has developed a roadmap to enable faster and more frequent rail service between Connecticut and New York. The Northeast Corridor Commission’s CONNECT NEC 2035 initiative aims to improve rail throughout the Northeast.

“The partnership between Amtrak and the Connecticut Department of Transportation is critical to the future of rail travel in Connecticut,” said Giulietti. “I know that by working together—Amtrak and the state—we can offer more services and amenities to Connecticut’s rail travelers. We look forward to continuing funding for key priorities including TIME FOR CT.”

“We have had a successful partnership with Amtrak over the years and look forward to continuing,” said Lamont.

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