Connecticut lawmakers prepared to railroad feds

AmtrakConnecticut’s leading lawmakers say they are prepared to do everything within their power to halt a high-speed rail project endorsed by the federal government.  The railroad’s route would pass through a historic section of Old Lyme.  It would part of a new Amtrak Old Saybrook-to-Rhode Island bypass.  Numerous residents have opposed the route since it was first proposed by the federal government.

In a joint statement, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the Federal Railroad Administration’s report “continues to ignore strong and consistent concerns expressed by the State of Connecticut and local citizens about the eastern shoreline realignment plans.”

Officials claim the federal government lacks the funds to actually implement the project, but they are prepared to fight it anyway.