Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and the state’s congressional delegation announced Friday that the state has won two grants totaling more than $85 million for infrastructure improvements along the Northeast Corridor.
The Federal-State Partnership for Good Repair Grant Program will fund two major capital projects to improve safety and reliability along the state’s New Haven Line and Amtrak-owned Shore Line East , ensuring that no disruption occurs along the northeast corridor.
“We all know how critical the Northeast Corridor is for job creation, economic growth and environmentally friendly transportation,” Lamont said. “Our administration has a vision for faster, more reliable and greener public transportation, and we are doing everything we can to make that vision a reality. Thanks to these grants, this reality is one step closer. We cannot do this alone as a state, and I am grateful for the continued support of our federal partners, our congressional delegation, and Amtrak. Together, we continue to bring more trains and service to travelers in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast Corridor.
The first grant, in the amount of $65.2 million, will support the replacement of the 115-year-old Connecticut River Bridge owned by Amtrak between Old Saybrook and Old Lyme. The project will replace the old bridge with a new modern and resilient movable bridge to improve safety, reliability and travel time. The Connecticut Department of Transportation and Amtrak will provide 38% of matching funds.
The second grant, in the amount of $20 million, will support the first phase of Ct DOT’s comprehensive plan to replace seven electrical substations along the New Haven line. These substations have not been repaired or renovated since the 1980s. The upgrade will make the substations more reliable, more energy efficient and less expensive to maintain, the department said.
“The Northeast Corridor is one of the busiest rail lines in North America, with more than 144,000 commuters using the New Haven Line and Shore Line East daily to get to work or visit family,” the congressional delegation said in a statement. “This essential funding from the Federal Railroad Administration will make desperately needed improvements to the New Haven Line and Shore Line East, paving the way for more reliable and faster public transportation. This significant investment in Connecticut improves power supply and removes a major choke point along the Shore Line East by replacing the obsolete and deteriorating Connecticut River Bridge. We will continue to fight for federal funding to improve Connecticut’s infrastructure.