Connecticut State Rail Plan 2021-2025

Overview

The 2021-2025 Connecticut State Rail Plan update has been initiated and is being developed in compliance with the federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008, Public Law 110-432. This plan will be submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation for review upon completion.

The Plan contains Connecticut’s mission, vision, and values for rail transportation’s role in an intermodal network. It provides an overview and inventory of the passenger and freight rail system and facilities in Connecticut, the services provided, and asset conditions and constraints. It aims to support Connecticut’s role in developing a growing, interconnected rail system with adjoining states and to advance high-speed, intercity and freight investments in the region.

The Plan will update strategies and programs focused on ensuring that the existing passenger and freight rail infrastructure is maintained in a state of good repair, and include short and long term investments aimed at maximizing the potential of current and future rail services. The Plan outlines programmed and proposed projects including costs and associated public benefits.

The development of this plan update began in 2021 and will include outreach and coordination with stakeholders and the public. In addition to the public kickoff meetings that were held in August and September, a later second phase of public outreach with an associated comment period will be conducted after a draft of the Plan is complete, which is anticipated in late 2021 or early 2022.

The latest Connecticut State Rail Plan can be viewed here: Connecticut State Rail Plan 2012-2016

Questions concerning the State Rail Plan should be addressed to:
DOTPLANNING@CT.GOV

 

Virtual Public Informational Kickoff Meetings

Virtual public informational kickoff meetings for the Connecticut State Rail Plan were held on August 31, September 2, and September 9, 2021. To view a recording of the meetings, please visit the CTDOT Virtual Public Information Meeting (VPIM) library. To provide feedback on the Virtual Public Information Meetings, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9LV9TX9

The Department is currently accepting comments for 45 days following the virtual kickoff meetings, until October 15, 2021. Please submit comments to the email address above, or visit please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C6RFP7J

Virtual Public Room Option for Information and Public Input:

In addition to the virtual public informational meetings, CTDOT has created a virtual room to provide content pertaining to the State Rail Plan update and an opportunity to submit comments and questions. Please visit the CT State Rail Plan Virtual Room.