CT officials unite against Northeast rail plan

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Federal, state and local officials in Connecticut are voicing opposition to a plan by federal railroad regulators to rebuild the congested Northeast Corridor over the coming decades.

While praising the Federal Railroad Administration for wanting to fix crumbling infrastructure and reduce travel times along the Washington-Boston route, officials say Friday’s plan still devastates Connecticut shoreline communities, despite some changes, including a proposed tunnel under the Connecticut River and Old Lyme.

Local activists plan to continue fighting the plan’s proposed 50-mile bypass from Old Saybrook to Rhode Island.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal calls the plan unaffordable and dead on arrival, urging the administration to instead improve existing rail lines.

Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker says no Northeast Corridor project can move forward in Connecticut without the state signing off.