A local lawmaker is touting the the Federal Railroad Administration's decision to no longer consider a new high-speed rail route along Connecticut's coastline. 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, the Vice Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wants the proposed route moved inland.
She says a 21st-century economy can't be powered on 20th-century infrastructure. Esty called for a bold, bipartisan infrastructure plan to create jobs and a world-class transportation system.
During a committee hearing last month, Esty pressed the Associate Administrator of the FRA to listen to abandon the coastal proposal. She says an inland route would not have the same level of opposition and could get much higher rates of speed than possible along the coast.