Purpose of the Study
At the direction of the Connecticut Legislature, the Eastern CT Corridor Rail and Transit Feasibility Study will investigate the feasibility of and market for the following:
- Extending the Shore Line East rail line to the State of Rhode Island
- Establishing a new passenger rail service from the City of New London to the City of Norwich
- Establishing a new passenger train station in the Town of Groton and the Borough of Stonington
- Extending other ground transportation systems in the eastern region of the state and providing interconnection between such systems and rail lines
A feasibility study is the first step in evaluating the viability of service in a corridor. Depending on the findings, additional more detailed studies and designs may follow.
This feasibility study will consider:
- Existing and future market and environmental conditions
- Equity and environmental justice issues
- Preliminary engineering
- Service operations
- Equipment needs and system requirements
- Preliminary costs and revenue forecasts.
Existing Service And Study Area
The study area includes potential service extending from New London, CT to Westerly, RI, as well as potential service from New London, CT to Norwich, CT (along the east or west side of the Thames River). The study is also exploring potential stations in Groton, Stonington, Norwich, and other potential locations.
For more information, contact DOTplanning@ct.gov