Officials discuss plans to improve Northeast Corridor rail line

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Big changes may now be coming to the busiest commuter rail line in the country. Officials have been discussing making improvements to the northeast corridor. Now the plan to transform the rail line has reached a milestone.

Passengers often see delays on Amtrak and regional lines on the northeast corridor. Tracks are crowded and the infrastructure is 100 years old. Officials hoping to change that. They’re now looking at three alternatives for the 450-mile commuter rail line. The Federal Railroad Administration has released a draft environmental impact statement that takes a closer look at those options.

One of those is a high-speed rail between Washington DC and Boston. Officials are also considering a new rail line that would be built connecting Hartford to Providence. The third option would be to build a rail tunnel from Long Island to Connecticut.

Federal officials will be holding a series of public hearings in December and January. They’ll pick one of the alternatives next spring for a final environmental review.

But don’t expect to see any major improvements just yet. The hope is that the commuter rail line will be transformed by 2040.

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