Upgrading central CT rail could boost freight capacity

Connecticut has the ability to double its freight service capacity in central Connecticut if millions of dollars are spent repairing the system, but upgrading to passenger service is cost-prohibitive, a new study has concluded. Total costs for upgrades range from $140 million for Class 2 rail, with speeds of up to 25 mph, and $170 million for Class 3 rail, with speeds of up to 40 mph. But adding passenger service to Class III rail could cost between $410 million and $530 million, the study found.


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