CT Gov. Dan Malloy In DC Pushing For High-Speed Rail Funding

HARTFORD, CT (CBSNewYork) – Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is back in Washington, D.C., seeking a portion of the $2.4 billion in federal high-speed rail funding that Florida‘s governor has rejected.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau with comment from Malloy

Malloy met with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to discuss the state’s request for $100 million.

The money would fund the planned commuter rail line from New Haven to Springfield, Mass.

Following the meeting, his fourth with LaHood, Malloy said he believed he was making progress securing the funds.

“That’s why I’m in Washington,” said Malloy. “We have a very robust application for allocation of the Florida dollars and I’m being quite aggressive in arguing our case.”

Connecticut has already committed $286 million to the project, which is expected to cost about $800 million. The federal government already approved $161 million and Malloy and the congressional delegation have been looking for federal funding to help cover the remainder of the cost.

Malloy was also scheduled to meet Vice President Joe Biden and attend a St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House with President Barack Obama.

  • bigdog

    Malloy is an idiot. There is no need for a commuter line from New Haven to Springfield – indeed, the best roads int he state lead form Hartford to Springfiled!

    Focus the state’s efforts on our aging rail infrastrcuture – the New Haven Line and its three branches – and Shoreline East, which handle more csutomer per day than this boondoggle would serve in six months. We need funds to pay for the M8s rail cars being delivered now and over the next two years, rather than laying the foundation for a 2 billion dollar money pit.

  • Gavinsox

    Florida made the right call in rejecting the money for a high speed rail system. We should not be investing significant funds in projects where there is no financial return or benefit like a high speed rail system unless there is a real demand for the service and it can pay for itself. Just look at Amtrac. It cannot sustain itself because the demand or ridership is not there. It continues to operate at high deficits and has to be highly subsidized by the government. What makes CT Governor Mally think there is a demand for this service between Hew Haven and Springfield. The reality is there isn’t any demand from the public for this service. Malloy is just another politician who wants to waste taxpayer’s money.

  • blackamx

    New Haven to Springfield… lots of demand for that route. At 2 billion to build, this would be a constant drian on state funds for operating expenses; check why Florida rejected the money. I guess the governor owes the construction industry some favors.

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