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Danbury officials authorize study of Maybrook line connection to Metro North

The Danbury City Council has given the Mayor the authority to secure funding for a study of connecting the old Maybrook line to the Southeast Metro North train station. 

Councilman Irving Fox noted that a joint Task Force was set up with Putnam County, primarily to extend the sewer line up Route 6, and says the group could be used to get regional cooperation.  He says that would provide a larger voice to get  this project done.  Fox added that it would primarily be used to get commuters to New York, but it could work in reverse to bring people to downtown Danbury. 

Councilman Bob Taborsak was concerned with language in the proposal, specifically where it said that the Mayor would be authorized to take any further necessary steps.  He questioned if a City allocation is needed, if the Council would get to vote.  Taborsak was told that the Council would have to act on any further activity. 

Councilman John Esposito supports the study, but wondered if the proposal includes a traffic impact study.  It's a full analysis of ridership, impact on I-84, impact on the Southeast station and what physically needs to happen to the old rail line.  The downtown traffic study could be an addendum.

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