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Martin Cassidy

Federal regulators propose new rules for transporting hazardous materials by rail

Acting in response to a series of derailments and accidents involving tanker cars and freight trains the Federal Railroad Administration issued a proposed rulemaking Tuesday to help protect communities from crude oil and hazardous material disasters. In an advisory issued Tuesday, the agency cites the Lac-Megantic accident in August of 2013 for their move to […] [Read More]

Commuter Council to hold Waterbury Branch forum this week

The Connecticut Commuter Rail Council is sponsoring a forum for Waterbury Branch riders at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Naugatuck Train Station at 195 Water Street in Naugatuck. [Read More]

Commissioner Redeker discusses some specifics on Connecticut’s potential fare hike

  How Connecticut might handle projected higher costs of running the New Haven Line remains unknown, Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Redeker told the state’s rail commuter advocacy group last week. “All the speculation is complete speculation,” Redeker said. During a regular  meeting of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council Redeker said he hasn’t resolved […] [Read More]

Malloy asks Metro-North to avoid New Haven Line fare increases

Governor Dannel P. Malloy publicly called  on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Thursday  to not seek fare increase on New Haven Line commuters in 2015 and 2017 to cover additional labor, repair and other costs of the service. In a letter Thursday to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas Prendergast,  Malloy said that the state of Connecticut’s […] [Read More]

New rail administrator headed to Connecticut from Washington,D.C.

The Connecticut Department has hired a new statewide rail administrator from the Washington,D.C. Department of Transportation, to oversee the daily operations of the New Haven Line and nascent New Haven Hartford to Springfield line. [Read More]

Malloy signs law to approve ignition interlock for first time DUI offenders

Drunk drivers convicted of a first offense will be required to have ignition interlock Breathalyzers installed on their cars as part of a new law signed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy Monday. [Read More]

Traffic patterns on Wire Mill bridge overpass to change Wednesday

Drivers on Wire Mill Road will be switched from the west to the east side of a Merritt overpass as structural and cosmetic repairs to the span continues through the end of the summer, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. [Read More]

U.S. Sen. Murphy to announce new rail funding legislation

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy-D-Connecticut will announce new rail funding legislation Thursday after a roundtable discussion on Metro-North and transportation infrastructure issues in downtown Stamford. The proposed legislation will put forward financing solutions to rebuild and expand the capacity of the Northeast Corridor that aren’t available now, according to an advisory sent Wednesday afternoon. Other participants […] [Read More]