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New Milford lawmaker backs rail expansion bill

A bill about expanding train service north to New Milford has been discussed by the legislature's Transportation Committee.  The bill was introduced by freshman Republican Representative Bill Buckbee.


The infrastructure is there, because of freight rail service.


He notes that many residents hold jobs in Fairfield County and already use trains to get to those jobs, but have to drive to get to the train station.  Buckbee says expanding rail service to New Milford will benefit the health of the environment, the economy and personal health of would-be drivers.


Buckbee also said this could increase tourism to people looking to get away to the Litchfield Hills.


He talked with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty about the possibility of finding federal funds to help with the expansion project.


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