Rail travel is not exactly a new concept for Connecticut residents. There are many areas in this state, mostly surrounding the highway corridors and in the cities, where you can find serviceable train lines leading to Stamford, New York, Boston, New London or Springfield.
But Amtrak, the national rail service, has a new proposal that it plans to put into place by 2030: a 220 mph high-speed rail from Washington D.C. to Boston.
According to The Hartford Courant, Amtrak proposed the idea two years ago, and this month staffers from the Federal Railway Administration are touring the Northeast show off updated plans on the idea.
The project would cost $115 billion, and would “dramatically reduce travel times between Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.,” the Courant reported. As an example, a trip from Boston to New York would be significantly reduced from 214 minutes to just 94 minutes, when travelling at that 220 mph speed.
But the stops would be limited, as the point of the railway is only to hit most major cities along the Northeast. In Connecticut, the train would only make three stops: Danbury, Waterbury and Hartford.
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