Regarding the Waterbury branch line, Hess told committee members that action, not another study, is what is needed now. “We don’t need a study. This has already been studied five times. The studies said we should have what we are asking for,” he testified. Local officials, state legislators and business leaders from the Naugatuck Valley are supporting a request for $150 million for purchasing new locomotives and rail cars, plus another $40 million for developing a rail maintenance yard. Rep. Larry B. Butler, D-72nd District, testified that legislators from Naugatuck Valley communities have supported funding for improvements and rail cars for other commuter rail lines over the years. “Now, we’re saying it is our turn,” the Waterbury legislator said.