Advocates press for change on Waterbury rail line

Train on the Waterbury branch line (file).
Train on the Waterbury branch line (file).

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (AP) — Commuter advocates who ride Metro-North Railroad continue to press for improvements on the Waterbury branch line.

The Connecticut Commuter Rail Council is sponsoring a commuter forum for Waterbury branch riders at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Naugatuck Historical Society at the Naugatuck Train Station.

The session is intended to bring together commuters and representatives of the state Department of Transportation and Metro-North. Advocates say ridership has more than doubled in the past decade while the quality of service has lagged.

In July, Metro-North appointed an advocate to pay particular attention to the Waterbury branch.

The 27-mile-long Waterbury line shuttles commuters to the main New Haven line linking Connecticut to New York City.

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