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Patch's Poll: Would You Ride a High Speed Rail if It Ran Through Connecticut?

Amtrak has a $115 billion proposal to create a 220 mph, Boston-to-Washington D.C. rail line that would include three stops in this state: Hartford, Danbury and Waterbury.

Rail travel is not exactly a new concept for Connecticut residents. There are many areas in this state, mostly surrounding the highway corridors and in the cities, where you can find serviceable train lines leading to Stamford, New York, Boston, New London or Springfield.

But Amtrak, the national rail service, has a new proposal that it plans to put into place by 2030: a 220 mph high-speed rail from Washington D.C. to Boston.

According to The Hartford Courant, Amtrak proposed the idea two years ago, and this month staffers from the Federal Railway Administration are touring the Northeast show off updated plans on the idea.

The project would cost $115 billion, and would “dramatically reduce travel times between Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.,” the Courant reported. As an example, a trip from Boston to New York would be significantly reduced from 214 minutes to just 94 minutes, when travelling at that 220 mph speed.

But the stops would be limited, as the point of the railway is only to hit most major cities along the Northeast. In Connecticut, the train would only make three stops: Danbury, Waterbury and Hartford.

What do you think about this proposal? Would you ride a high-speed train that took you to Boston or New York within a short period of time? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Scott Wheeler August 20, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Let's get this straight right now, this is not meant to be a commuter train to get you to Boston fast so you can get in line for the annual Macy's wedding gown basement blowout. This is a business tool first and foremost as the Acela is today. Boston to DC is going to cost you more in some cases than a plane ticket. I rode the Acela for years and have the 23,000 miles on my account to prove it and for me I loved every mile BUT I was not paying for it. My company was at a discounted rate. Amtrak needs to hit major cities to get business travelers to fill the trains, Danbury and Waterbury are not those cities and Hartford you can debate is not much better. Using this to go from Danbury to Hartford would not be worth it for most cases due to price. Now MAYBE the fact that a high speed will be stopping there COULD attact business but then the crap business environment that CT has to offer is still a hurdle.
Darrell Lucas August 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Im all for it.. Would love to visit Boston by taking the train.
Fred Young August 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Hartford to Boaton? Hmmmm, still have to drive to Hartford, park in an overpriced lot, walk who knows how far to the train station, but a high priced ticket, wait for the train while panhandlers ask for money, arrive somewhere in Boston, pay for transportation to get anywhere, get back to the train station, arrive in Hartford, get mugged walking to my car, find car was broken into. Guess I will just drive the 2 hours, have a car in Boston, leave when I want, and save a bundle to boot. However, if I can become just a little more poor, maybe I could qualify for free subsidized passes.
Recovering Republican August 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM
right on the money Fred.
Darrell Lucas August 21, 2012 at 06:12 AM
Wow you see the world through very SAD, negative eyes. I'm sorry for you. Try this. You drive to Hartford and park in a safe garage and board a NEW piece of transportation tech. Instead of driving and hitting traffic you and your family/friends sit back and enjoy a train ride. You can read, eat, relax and close your eyes. You arrive in a new station in the heart of Boston and visit one of Americas most amazing cities. You ride home is relaxed. No stress. Smiles.

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