Blumenthal Slams Idea Of Amtrak Bypass Through Old Lyme

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Describing the idea as “half-baked” and “harebrained,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal this week made clear that he is opposed to rerouting Amtrak’s coastal Connecticut tracks through Old Lyme.

At a Senate subcommittee hearing, Blumenthal told Amtrak Vice President Stephen Gardner that he supports long-term improvements to Amtrak’s heavily used but aging Northeast Corridor.

However, running train tracks through the center of historic villages near Connecticut’s shoreline doesn’t make sense, Blumenthal said.

The Federal Railroad Administration is in the midst of studying how to bring faster service to the 457-mile route between Washington, D.C., and New York City. The route links business hubs along the East Coast, and transportation planners say it will become even more critical to the nation’s economy as highway congestion — particularly along I-95 — worsens in the next two decades.

The proposal that Blumenthal opposes is actually among the least disruptive ideas that the FRA is…

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