12.1.16

BRINGING BACK THE NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND?

We've looked previously at plans by government officials, or perhaps by dreamers, to straighten out the New Haven Railroad's Shore Line, perhaps by tunnelling under Long Island Sound, or perhaps by skipping Providence in favor of Hartford and Worcester.  The latest iteration of the plans, which still involve these choices, leave Connecticut officials "hopeful but mystified."  The details are in a Connecticut Mirror story.  One plan envisions incremental changes to the Shore Line.  Another proposes a variation on the old New York and New England, but via Storrs for Zoo Conn traffic.  A third is more of a true high-speed plan, with some of the line in tunnels and other sections elevated.

Sixty years ago, the Wise Experts were of the view that upgrading highways was the winning choice for infrastructure spending.  And thus when a cash-strapped New Haven Railroad sold parcels of land it had painstakingly purchased to straighten out the Shore Line to the Connecticut Turnpike Authority, everyone hailed it as in the public interest.

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