Gov. Malloy unveils machine helping build Hartford Commuter Line

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A huge piece of equipment is busy connecting Hartford to New Haven. Rail tie by rail tie you can see track construction machine going to work in Wallingford.

A track construction machine forms tracks working at a pace of about a mile a day. Government officials estimate it will speed up the process by months.

The machine easily picks up multiple 800 pound rail ties and places them 20 inches apart. A clipper then connects the rails to the ties.

Governor Malloy, Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker, and officials from Amtrak all appeared at the Tuesday morning unveiling.

“What we’re talking about is making the kinds of investments here in Connecticut that will allow our economy to compete with the rest of the world and by the way we’ve had some great economic news lately, but if we want to continue to build on that then we have to have a first in class transportation system,” said Gov. Malloy.

In addition to the new rails, upgrades and new stations will be worked on in Berlin, Meriden, Wallingford and Hartford.

Officials are hoping to announce who will run the rail line in the next few months.

Service is expected to start in 2018.

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