Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, that the new commuter rail line connecting New Haven and Springfield will open in stages. With the New Haven to Hartford section beginning service in January 2018. The new line will connect to existing MetroNorth services in New Haven giving central Connecticut better access to Fairfield County and New York City, while reducing traffic and pollution along the I-91 corridor.
Developers and towns are already exploring opportunities for transit-oriented development along the new rail line. The Courant quotes Governor Malloy: “Communities all along the path are already planning on development that will generate more jobs and new homes for Connecticut residents.”
Rep. Mary Mushinsky, D-Wallingford, also speaking at the press conference, “In Wallingford, we see it as the ticket to reinvigorating downtown and incorporating retail, residential and transit-oriented housing in the same area, I believe it will jumpstart the whole downtown area.