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CT High Speed Rail Proposal Would Include Long Island Tunnel

The proposal by designers at the University of Pennsylvania would cost $100 billion for new service between Washington D.C., and Boston.

A preliminary proposal for a new rail line between Washington D.C., and Boston would include an 18-mile long tunnel that would run between Long Island and Connecticut under Long Island Sound.

According to a report in the Hartford Courant today, the high speed rail proposal by the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design would see the rail line emerge in Milford from beneath the Sound and run through the middle of Connecticut. The trains would run on new tracks that would have to be built alongside Interstate 84.

The proposal, first developed in 2010 by the university's design studio, is separate from that would also cut through the middle of Connecticut and carry passengers to Boston.

They are both part of an overall effort that has taken shape since President Barack Obama took office to improve rail service in the so-called Northeast "mega-region," and get more high speed trains in service between Washington and Boston.

Peter J September 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Are you sure the tracks would run along I-84? Seems like that is out of the way from coming ashore in Milford.
Jayme Kunze September 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM
At this point, it seems to be true. This is the full report. The line that would affect this area is discussed towards the end of the document. http://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/453/325/Amtrak-Vision-for-the-Northeast-Corridor.pdf
Peter J September 04, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Thanks Jayme. This looks like it will be interesting reading.
Bill Eccles September 07, 2012 at 08:29 PM
If they're building a rail line through the state, I'd love to see a bike path run in parallel. As they say, "How hard could it be?" I see about zero chance of any major transits of the Sound given the reluctance to merely laying a cable through the same.

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