Connecticut panel OKs $17.5 million to improve Danbury Branch Line

The Connecticut State Bond Commission has approved $17.5 million in state funding for the design, engineering and construction of a new rail yard on the MTA Metro-North Railroad Danbury Branch Line in Norwalk, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced late last week.

The funding will be used to modify and enhance the rail yard where the Danbury Branch Line connects with the main New Haven Line that will accommodate the replacement of the 119-year-old Walk Bridge, according to a press release issued by Malloy’s office.

“Various improvements such as adding track sidings, signal work, and electrification will be made at the southern end of the branch line and will promote train operational efficiencies, including room for train storage and passing of trains during the Walk Bridge replacement project,” said Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.

The recently approved funding is part of Malloy’s initiative to invest state dollars in modernizing the state’s transportation system.

“Rail is increasingly becoming a popular method of transportation, and the upgrades that we are making to the Danbury Branch Line will serve to accommodate the commuters and businesses who depend on this service for their day-to-day needs,” Malloy said.

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