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Connecticut Seeking Upgraded Freight Rail Line

railroadHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 390-mile freight rail system linking New England to the rest of the Northeast lacks a key element: a 21st-century rail line in Connecticut.

Elected officials in Connecticut are backed by regional business owners and the owner of New England Central Railroad in lobbying federal transportation officials for $8.3 million to upgrade railroad tracks to accommodate heavier freight and move more products to market. New England Central is contributing $2 million.

Officials say it would be the first north-south heavy rail capacity corridor in Connecticut.

The New England Central Railroad moves commodities such as lumber, panels, plywood, newsprint and printing paper.

The rails on the Connecticut portion of New England Central don’t support the rail freight carload standard of 286,000 pounds, falling short by about 23,000 pounds.

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