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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont late last week announced state plans to launch two-way service on the Waterbury Branch of MTA Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line over the coming months.
The 27-mile, single-track branch has six stations, which are located in Waterbury, Naugatuck, Beacon Falls, Seymour, Ansonia and Derby. Adding an additional track on the branch will increase commuter-rail service to 22 trains each weekday, beginning in summer 2022, state officials said in a press release.
The project will be funded by $1.23 million in state funding that will match federal dollars allocated for the work.
“I have been laser-focused on improving rail and transportation throughout the state since I came into office, and the Waterbury Branch is a prime example of infrastructure in the state that needs significant upgrades,” Lamont said.
The project also will help advance the state’s Time for CT initiative, which aims to develop faster and more frequent passenger-rail service between Connecticut and New York, he said.
Lamont added that the $5.38 billion Connecticut will receive over the next five years from the federal infrastructure bill is a $1.63 billion increase over the most recent transportation bill enacted in 2015. The federal funds will include $1.3 billion to enhance public transit, both rail and bus services.