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Malloy Says Push Continues For Rail Money

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he is continuing to press officials in Washington to award Connecticut at least $100 million in federal rail funding that Florida’s governor has rejected.

The money would help fund the planned commuter rail line from New Haven to Springfield, Mass., and eventually up through Vermont and to Montreal, Canada.

In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Malloy said he met with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and made the point that Connecticut, unlike other states, is financially committed to the project. The state has already earmarked $286 million for the $800 million line.

Malloy said he’s now confident $40 million already allocated to Connecticut to double-track 10 miles of the line between Newington and New Britain will be released before a crucial April 8 deadline.

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